The Patriots are rolling into the Super Bowl without perhaps their most talented player.
That would be Josh Gordon, who left the team Dec. 20 citing “mental health” issues that he needed to resolve. In conjunction with that, the NFL announced he would be suspended indefinitely for violating the drug agreement.
Gordon had played a significant part in New England’s success, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games after coming over in a trade from Cleveland. Gordon may be out of the picture — and his playing another game, with the Patriots or anyone else, is very much in doubt — but he’s still watching.
“To the most passionate, dedicated, honorable, & hardest working group of men I’ve ever met,” Gordon wrote on Instagram on Sunday night, after the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship. “The integrity, love, and passion you guys share for the game will echo throughout your legacy.. #onemore #lfg.”
Gordon had not been heard from since the suspension; his last Instagram post was Dec. 18, two days prior to his leaving the Patriots.
The Patriots will miss him when they have to keep up with the Rams’ high-powered offense, and it sounds like Gordon misses them, too.
“We support Josh Gordon in his continued effort to focus on his health,” the Patriots said in a statement after his suspension. “His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect.”