The NFL has informed Wide Receiver Josh Gordon that he will be reinstated, sources announced Adam Schefter from ESPN on Friday, with the former all-pro expected to be eligible to play in week 4.
Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December 2019 for violating the league’s guidelines on substance abuse and performance enhancing substances. According to ESPN Stats & Information, this was Gordon’s sixth ban since the 2013 season and his fifth for some form of substance abuse.
He forwarded his reinstatement letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in July, and sources told Schefter last week that the NFL Players Association had recommended his reinstatement.
“We are grateful that the NFL has recognized Josh’s work and now has another opportunity to be part of this league,” Gordon’s agent Zac Hiller told Schefter. “We’re proud of Josh and I know all the fans can’t wait to see him on Sundays.”
Gordon, 30, was conditionally reinstated by the NFL in December and was supposed to practice with the Seattle Seahawks in the last two weeks of the 2020 regular season before its reinstatement was lifted in January. Sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler at the time that Gordon had suffered a setback in his recovery from substance abuse.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, when asked Friday if Seattle was interested in bringing Gordon back for the third time, said he didn’t have enough information about the reinstatement to comment, but he believed the wide receiver might have another Deserves a chance to play in the NFL. Carroll said he always “thought a lot about Gordon”.
Gordon’s last NFL snap was with the Seahawks in December 2019. He is vaccinated against COVID-19 and should be ready to play.
Earlier this year, Gordon played for the Zappers of the Fan Controlled Football League with former players Cleveland Browns Teammate Johnny Manziel.
Gordon was selected by the Browns in the 2012 Supplemental Draft and has appeared only once in more than six games since the 2013 season when he led the NFL at 1,646 yards.