Will Josh Gordon be ready to go this week for Patriots?

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Over the last week, it appears Josh Gordon has gone from a potentially low-risk, high-reward luxury item to someone the Patriots’ offense needs sooner rather than later.

The new wide receiver, who was a scratch from Sunday’s night’s game against the Lions (he’s been dogged by a hamstring), was spotted on the sidelines during the contest, a 26-10 loss for New England. It was another game where the Patriots’ wide receivers failed to make a serious impact. As a result, as New England continues to cross days off the calendar while it waits for Julian Edelman to return, the possibility of Gordon in the lineup for the Patriots has gone from possibility to inevitability.

On Monday afternoon, I asked Bill Belichick how close Gordon came to playing against the Lions.