New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is off the non-football injury list and practiced for the first time on Sunday in full pads, according to multiple reports.
That means Gordon, conditionally reinstated by the NFL from suspension on Aug. 16, is on track for the Sept. 8 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Gordon’s return was the latest bright spot for the Patriots receiving corps, which last week saw veterans Julian Edelman (thumb) and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) placed on the active roster.
The Patriots made a series of roster moves on Sunday, which included the release of wide receiver Maurice Harris, the former Redskins receiver signed by the Patriots in March. Last season, he played in 12 games (seven starts) for Washington and caught 28 passes for 304 yards.
The Patriots also signed linebacker Scooby Wright and running back Robert Martin. Contract terms were not announced.
The Cleveland Browns selected Wright in the seventh round of the 2016 draft, and he has appeared in 13 NFL games, all with the Arizona Cardinals. The New York Giants signed Martin as an undrafted free agent in 2018, and he spent the year on the practice squad.
In addition, the Patriots placed linebacker Brandon King, who tore his quadriceps in Thursday’s preseason win over the Carolina Panthers, on injured reserve.
Also cut was defensive lineman Keionta Davis, who played in six regular season games (three starts) with the Patriots in 2018. He made six tackles.