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Josh Gordon active for Patriots; likely to make team debut

September 30, 2018 GMT

The New England Patriots did not include wide receiver Josh Gordon among their inactives for Sunday’s Week 4 contest against the Miami Dolphins, so Gordon will likely play his first game as a Patriot.

New England traded a fifth-round pick to acquire Gordon (and a Cleveland seventh-round pick) on Sept. 17.

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The Browns worked closely last offseason to help Gordon, whose issues with addiction have led to multiple suspensions, get ready to play once again. He caught a touchdown for Cleveland in Week 1 that forced overtime and eventually led to a tie against Pittsburgh.

But the final straw for the Browns came several days later, when Gordon injured his hamstring at a photo shoot and then arrived late to a team meeting.

Gordon has not played since Week 1; the Patriots did not activate him for Week 3, as his hamstring wasn’t yet 100 percent. Sunday will be the first game Gordon plays for a team besides the Browns since Cleveland drafted him in 2012.