Josh Gordon will not be on the field for the Patriots’ first few possessions Monday.
New England is disciplining the 27-year-old wide receiver for lateness, according to a report from NFL Network. The team will bench Gordon for about one quarter in its Week 8 matchup with the Bills.
From there, Gordon will receive his regular playing time, the report says.
Sources: The #Patriots are disciplining WR Josh Gordon during tonight’s game vs. the #Bills because of tardiness. He’s expected to be kept off the field for several series — about a quarter — as they continue to work with & manage him. It’ll be regular playing time after that.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2018
New England’s decision stems from Gordon arriving late to Gillette Stadium on Sunday before the team left for Buffalo, according to The Athletic.
More context: Josh Gordon showed up late yesterday before the team departed from Gillette Stadium for Buffalo.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 29, 2018
The Patriots acquired Gordon from the Browns in exchange for a late-round draft choice in mid-September. He has caught 13 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown in four games with New England.
Gordon has tallied 17 touchdowns in 45 career games.