FOXBOROUGH -- Most of New England was very surprised when news came out late Wednesday that Josh Gordon had been placed on injured reserve.
And so was Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
“I think everybody was surprised,” Dorsett said Thursday. “It’s tough, because obviously he’s a good friend of mine. I don’t really have any words, honestly.”
According to multiple reports, Gordon's knee injury is minor and he's expected to be released soon with the hope of joining another team. In six games this season with the Patriots, Gordon recorded 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown.
“Obviously, he’s a big target,” Dorsett said. “He’s had a lot of production here. But it’s a next-man-up mentality here. We all know that. At the end of the day, it’s football. Things happen, and the next guy has to step up, come in and be able to replace (him)."
For yet another time this season, the Patriots will need to semi-change their offense with another receiver coming and another receiver going.
“It’s nothing new. It happens every year," Dorsett said. “The thing that makes this group really, really good is that we’re interchangeable and we’re resilient. I got traded two years ago, Josh got traded here last year and we got Sanu now. Things happen.”
As for Dorsett, he likely will continue to serve as the No. 3 receiver, but may be asked to do more as Sanu gets caught up with the offense.