When will Josh Gordon see game action? ‘When we feel like he’s ready’

The Patriots traded for Gordon on Sept. 17 but he did not dress for Sunday's game.

Josh Gordon before the Week 3 game against the Lions.
Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon was on the field getting loose about two and a half hours before kickoff prior to Sunday night's game against the Lions in Detroit. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Receiver Josh Gordon did not make his debut with the Patriots in Detroit, and coach Bill Belichick on Monday did not clarify a timetable for the wide receiver seeing game action.

Gordon warmed up on the field but was inactive. He had been listed as limited in practice with a hamstring injury, one he apparently sustained Sept. 14 at a promotional photo shoot and played a factor in his departure from Cleveland.

“Yeah, I don’t know,’’ Belichick said on the conference call Monday morning. “We’ll just take it day by day and see how it goes. There are a number of factors involved here. When he feels like he’s ready and we feel like he’s ready and there’s sufficient opportunity to back that up, then we’ll see about making him active.


“We just didn’t feel like we were at that point [Sunday] night.’’

The hope is that the skilled Gordon can contribute something, assuming that he can pick up the playbook and remain available, the latter of which he was unable to do in Cleveland.

“I don’t know exactly how close or . . . you know, it’s hard to put percentages on that,’’ said offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who added that Gordon is working hard at learning the system. “Coach makes those decisions.

“We’re going to prepare everybody to play, and then whatever the active situation is on a week-to-week basis, then that’s what we have and we try to do the best thing that we can with him.’’