The Patriots passing attack will be without one of their weapons as they take on the Rams in the Super Bowl this weekend.
Receiver Josh Gordon, who has been suspended by the NFL for repeatedly violating the substance abuse policy, is still in an inpatient drug treatment facility. Reportedly paid for by the Patriots.
This is nothing new for New England, as they’ve been without Gordon since the middle of December, but he would have provided another big time target for Tom Brady.
A source with knowledge of Gordon’s situation told NESN.com the suspension was triggered by diluted drug test samples.
Gordon currently is receiving treatment at an inpatient facility in Gainesville, Fla., the source said. Gordon was spotted at a Gainesville-area gym earlier this month because he has been granted freedom to work out based on time spent in the facility.
The Patriots are paying for Gordon’s treatment, the source said. The Patriots declined to comment on the situation.
The team, the NFL and the NFL Players Association are working with Gordon to treat his drug addiction. The goal is for the receiver to function in life and football.
Gordon, who will receive a ring if the Patriots win the Super Bowl, could reportedly return to the team in the future.
Hopefully Gordon is able to get healthy and return to doing what he’s good at.