The New England Patriots placed wide receiver Josh Gordon on injured reserve Wednesday, but that wasn't the most surprising news involving his status with the team.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that Gordon's career with the Patriots is "likely over." There also are a few scenarios that would allow him to wind up playing on another team this season.

When could Gordon be medically cleared? Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reports the expectation is "soon."

Gordon suffered a knee injury during the first half of the Patriots' Week 6 win over the New York Giants. He left the game and didn't return. The same injury kept him out of Monday night's Week 7 victory versus the New York Jets. If his tenure with the Patriots is over, he'll finish with 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games this season.

Gordon's departure would shift more responsibility to newly acquired wideout Mohamed Sanu and rookie N'Keal Harry. The Patriots traded for Sanu in a deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Harry returned to practice last week and could make his season debut Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens if activated from IR.


The Patriots will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium for their Week 8 matchup.

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