FOXBOROUGH -- On Wednesday, the Patriots made a surprising move by placing Josh Gordon on injured reserve.
It was surprising given the player was at practice earlier in the day.
Tight end Eric Tomlinson, who had been released (via press release from the team) to make room for Mohamed Sanu, ultimately was not and the move to get Sanu onto the roster was placing Gordon on IR. Reports then surfaced that Gordon's injury is minor and when he's healthy the team plans on releasing him.
At his press conference Friday, Belichick was asked about what happened Wednesday with Tomlinson and Gordon, but he did not offer much.
“Yeah, there [were] a number of things going on," he said. "In the end we made the transactions that we felt were best for the team.”
Based on his activity on social media, Gordon appeared surprised by the move.
“We were just following the rules," said Belichick.
As for if the team plans on releasing him, Belichick wouldn't get into that, either.
“That’s a conversation for later," he said. "He’s not healthy right now, so.”
It is worth noting with rookie N'Keal Harry coming back from IR likely next week against the Ravens, there would not have been enough roster spots for everyone, so some receiver was going to have to go at some point.
"Well, look, we're not going to carry 10 receivers on the team, so something's going to have to happen," Belichick said. "I don't know what. But, I can't imagine we'd carry that many players at one position. At some point, numbers have to become a factor when they get high. This is the National Football League. This isn't college."
As of now, the Patriots have Julian Edelman, Sanu, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski and Harry (still on IR) at the position.