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Just as the New England Patriots welcomed one receiver, the team now is saying goodbye to another.

Josh Gordon was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, effectively ending his 2019 campaign with the team. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots are expected to waive him off injured reserve when he is fully healthy. 

Gordon re-aggravated a knee injury in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the New York Giants. He sat out Monday’s victory over the New York Jets.

In six games, Gordon had 20 catches for 287 yards and 1 touchdown.

The move likely portends an even larger role for Mohamed Sanu, whom the Patriots acquired Tuesday from the Atlanta Falcons for a 2020 second-round draft pick.

New England has already seen several of its key contributors land on injured reserve, as center David Andrews, fullback James Develin, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and left tackle Isaiah Wynn have all been placed on the list.

Wynn is expected to be the team’s choice as the second player permitted for return after the Patriots used the first such designation on first-round rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry. NFL teams are only allowed to have two players return from injured reserve.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

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