Patriots WR Gordon inactive against Lions

Josh Gordon figures to capture plenty of eyes- and defensive backs- if he takes the field for the Patriots tonight against the Lions in Detroit

The Lions take on the Patriots Sunday night in Detroit. Before the 8:25 p.m. kick-off, Belichick emerged from the tunnel and strutted right past the boys' stretched out arms.

Patriots fans have been eagerly awaiting Josh Gordon's debut with the team after New England traded for the talented wide receiver this past Monday.

The Patriots were deep into trade discussions to send All-Pro Rob Gronkowski to the Lions, according to Adam Schefter.

Sources say Gronkowski's position was more related to not wanting to leave the Patriots rather than play for the Lions. The Lions tried to change Gronkowski's mind, but the 29-year-old refused to return their phone calls.

Elsewhere on the inactive list, Patriot mainstays Patrick Chung and Trey Flowers will sit out tonight's contest.

Only 20 of the Patriots' 50 catches and 187 of their 511 receiving yards this season have come by wide receivers through two games. Cornerback Eric Rowe, who was questionable for this game after he was limited in practice last week due to a groin injury, has also been ruled out.

Familiar faces: Patricia has brought in a half-dozen ex-Patriots since taking over in Detroit.

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