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Report: Josh Gordon’s work ethic was a concern in New England

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When the New England Patriots placed wide receiver Josh Gordon on the injured reserve list just over a week ago, it was clear that something fishy was going on.

Yes, Gordon was dealing with a knee issue, but by all accounts, the injury was not severe enough for him to hit injured reserve. It was then reported that the Patriots were likely to waive Gordon, which they did on Thursday.

Now, more information is beginning to trickle out as to exactly what happened.

Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston appeared on Pro Football Talk Live on Friday morning, and during his spot on the program, he said that New England was not exactly thrilled with Gordon’s work ethic.

Curran noted that the 28-year-old was showing up late to meetings and that coaches were sometimes having a difficult time locating him.

Couple that with the fact that Gordon was not all that productive this season, logging just 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown, and you can see why Bill Belichick and Co. may have grown frustrated with the former Pro Bowl wide out.

Of course, this is only one side of the story, and it would certainly be helpful to hear what Gordon has to say, but things aren’t looking too great for him at the current point in time.

Gordon initially arrived in Foxborough in September 2018, coming over in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. He played in 11 games for the Pats last season before announcing he was stepping away from the game to work on his mental health.

Not long afterward, it was revealed that Gordon had been indefinitely suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy, the latest in what has been a litany of drug-related bans since Gordon entered the NFL in 2012.

He was reinstated in August.