It seems the New England Patriots and wide receiver are preparing to part ways.
Another theory is something else going on with Gordon that motivated the Patriots to be so aggressive in replacing him.
Gordon has been disappointing this season, logging just 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown in six games while battling injury.
Get caught up on a busy day of roster moves in Foxboro. He responded to an Instagram post on the news with the word "interesting". Shortly after, they put Josh Gordon on the injured reserve list and a roster spot opened back up, which Tomlinson filled.
Although Gordon's season with the Patriots is over, there is a possibility that he could play for another team.
Gordon, according to a source, believes he isn't too far from a return to health. But, there seems to be more to it than that, as New England is also set to waive Gordon. Julian Edelman (chest) and Phillip Dorsett II (hamstring) have appeared on the injury report in recent weeks.
Should Gordon clear waivers, he'll become a free agent and will be eligible to take his talents anywhere across the league.
The league handed Gordon an indefinite suspension for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy December 20, but Commissioner Roger Goodell lifted it during training camp.
The bruises worsened when Gordon made a tackle during the win versus the Giants Oct. 10. Teams can designate only two players to return off IR.