Gor­don OK to play

Good­ell al­lows WR to re­join the Patriots on a con­di­tional ba­sis

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The NFL con­di­tion­ally re­in­stated Patriots wide re­ceiver Josh Gor­don.

Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell no­ti­fied Gor­don on Fri­day that Gor­don can re­join the team Sun­day for meet­ings and con­di­tion­ing and in­di­vid­ual work­outs. Af­ter that, ac­cord­ing to a league state­ment, “Sub­ject to ap­pro­pri­ate progress on clin­i­cal care and other ar­range­ments, he will be per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate in team ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing prac­tice.”

Gor­don is el­i­gi­ble to play in the reg­u­lar sea­son, but he’s barred from Thurs­day’s pre­sea­son game against the Ti­tans be­cause of a lack of suf­fi­cient con­di­tion­ing and prac­tice time.

The 28-year-old for­mer All-Pro had been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely since De­cem­ber 2018 for vi­o­la­tions of the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy.

The Patriots have been struck by a se­ries of in­juries at the po­si­tion this pre­sea­son.

Big blow to Chargers de­fense: The Chargers likely will go into the reg­u­lar sea­son with­out one of their top de­fen­sive play­ers for the sec­ond straight year.

All-Pro safety Der­win James is side­lined due to a foot in­jury suf­fered dur­ing Thurs­day’s prac­tice with the Saints. James has a stress frac­ture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot and was wear­ing a walk­ing boot Fri­day.

It’s un­clear how much time James will miss since the treat­ment re­mains to be de­ter­mined. Coach An­thony Lynn was hope­ful James wouldn’t need surgery, but didn’t rule it out.

Last year, the Chargers were with­out de­fen­sive end Joey Bosa for the first nine games due to turf toe. The Chargers still were 7-2 with­out Bosa on their way to mak­ing the play­offs for the first time since 2013.

James quickly made an im­pact as a rookie last sea­son. The 17th-over­all draft pick led the team in tack­les with 105 along with four in­ter­cep­tions, 31⁄2 sacks and 13 passes de­fensed. He had two sacks and an in­ter­cep­tion in the first three games.

Adrian Phillips will take over at free safety while James is side­lined.

Jets’ Wil­liamson tears ACL: The Jets will be with­out play­mak­ing line­backer Avery Wil­liamson for the sea­son be­cause of a knee in­jury.

The AP re­ported Fri­day that Wil­liamson tore the ACL in his right knee in the sec­ond quar­ter of the team’s 22-10 pre­sea­son win against the Fal­cons on Thurs­day night in At­lanta.

An MRI re­vealed the na­ture and sever­ity of the in­jury.

Wil­liamson, one of the key pieces of the Jets de­fense, still was in the game with 3:52 left in the first half with mostly back­ups when cor­ner­back Te­vaughn Camp­bell dived for a pass from Matt Ryan to Brian Hill in the end zone and hit into the line­backer’s knee.

Wil­liamson, who was set to start next to C.J. Mosley, led the Jets with 159 to­tal tack­les last sea­son af­ter sign­ing as a free agent fol­low­ing four sea­sons with the Ti­tans.


Josh Gor­don had been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy.

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