No one ever really knows what Bill Belichick has up his sleeve.

Ahead of the New England Patriots’ Week 8 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, rumors swirled that wide receiver Josh Gordon would be disciplined due to tardiness. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted Gordon likely wouldn’t be on the field “for about a quarter.”

But once Tom Brady and Co. took the field for their opening drive. No. 10 wasn’t on the sidelines.

Of course, Belichick still could elect to keep Gordon out at any point during the game. But having the wide receiver on the gridiron to begin the game certainly raises questions to any earlier reports.

Well played, Bill.