Josh Gordon’s Instagram sent New England Patriots fans into a frenzy Tuesday morning, but it was all much ado about nothing.
Late Monday night, Gordon — who remains on the commissioner’s exempt list after reportedly providing a diluted urine sample last season — posted a series of photos on his Instagram story showing the star receiver working out at Numa Speed, a fitness center in Gainesville, Fla.
Gordon also tagged TB12 Sports — Tom Brady’s fitness and wellness brand — and gave shout-outs to the Patriots quarterback, leading some to believe he was working out at TB12 Sports Therapy Center near Gillette Stadium.
Here are the posts:
Gordon also shared this video, which (understandably) caused some to have positive outlooks on his recovery from substance abuse and potential return to the Patriots:
Given that TB12 was tagged and featured in all three Instagram story posts, it makes sense that Patriots fans would jump to conclusions. Then again, heavy weight-lifting — particularly squatting — isn’t exactly encouraged by Brady, his trainer, Alex Guerrero, or the TB12 brand.
As for Gordon, there remains a chance the 27-year-old returns to the Patriots. But even if New England wanted him back, Gordon first would have to convince the NFL he was worthy of being reinstated into the league.
Gordon had 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Patriots last season.
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