Josh Gordon placed on injured reserve by Patriots

Josh Gordon's season is over.

The Patriots placed Gordon on injured reserve Wednesday.

Gordon suffered a knee injury in September that worsened during a play late in the first half of the Pats' win over the Giants in Week 6. After leaving the field with team personnel, Gordon did not return. Weeks earlier, he had the same knee drained, a source told the Herald.

According to the NFL Network, the Patriots intend to move on Gordon later this year when he's healthy. A source told the Herald the veteran receiver believes he can play soon and hopes to eventually sign with a new team. Waiving Gordon would create roughly $2 million in cap space.

Gordon warmed up at practice Wednesday, but did not participate, per the team's practice report. He finishes the season with 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown.

In 11 games last year, he caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns. He ranked second in the NFL in yards per reception after arriving from Cleveland via trade in Week 3. Days before the Patriots' penultimate regular-season game, an indefinite suspension came down for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The Pats tendered him as a restricted free agent in the spring, and Gordon signed the tender during his suspension, which was lifted in mid-August.

Gordon's move to IR came hours after the team acquired veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanu, at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, provides a similar presence out wide as the physical, big-bodied Gordon. The Pats' receiving corps is down to Sanu, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and undrafted rookies Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski. First-round rookie N'Keal Harry is eligible to return from IR next week.

If Gordon remains in New England, his contract will expire at the end of the season.

The Patriots now have an open spot on their 53-man roster.