Josh Gordon posts cryptic Patriots comment on Instagram
Josh Gordon is currently seeking inpatient treatment at a facility in Gainesville, Fla., but his recent social media activity suggests he’s thinking about the New England Patriots.
The wide receiver, under indefinite suspension for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance-abuse policy, surfaced on Instagram to post two Patriots-related dispatches.
The first specifically tags Rob Gronkowski, and shows Gordon spiking the ball and asking the Patriots tight end about his technique.
The second post certainly has a cryptic bent. Showing himself kneeling in Patriots gear, Gordon writes, “Mountains Move.”
What message Gordon is attempting to convey is of course a matter of interpretation, although it’s possible he is referencing how a potential return to the Patriots intrigues him.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported earlier this month that Gordon may be eligible to apply for reinstatement in May — under very specific conditions, of course — meaning it’s conceivable that the wide receiver would be eligible to join the Patriots at training camp given a favorable ruling.
Gordon previously emerged on social media in late January to dispute a report that the Patriots were paying for his inpatient treatment. Despite the evident disconnect — no fault of either Gordon or the Patriots — the wide receiver is expected to receive a Super Bowl ring for his in-season contributions.
Gordon appeared in 11 games with the Patriots following a trade from the Browns before announcing he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health on Dec. 20.
Gordon has battled mental health and substance abuse issues throughout his football career. He has been suspended four different times. All told, Gordon has played in only 22 games over the past five seasons.
As things stand, Gordon’s prospects of being allowed to continue his NFL career, despite myriad missteps, are in a holding pattern. It’s clear, however, that the Patriots are on his mind.