League sources told ESPN and NFL Media that Gordon had been playing through two bone bruises before he was knocked out of the Patriots' victory over the New York Giants on Oct. 10. He twisted his left knee while attempting to make a tackle after a fumble, aggravating his previous injuries.
Gordon missed the Patriots' 33-0 win over the New York Jets on Monday. According to NFL Media, New England is expected to eventually waive the veteran wideout.
The move caught a few Patriots officials by surprise, according to ESPN, and possibly Gordon. The wideout responded to an Instagram post about the news by saying "interesting."
The Patriots will also have first-round pick N'Keal Harry back in the fold after he was designated to return off injured reserve. He is eligible to play Nov. 3 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Gordon is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.