Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL, and he may be back in play as soon as Week 4, according to ESPN.
He requested reinstatement in a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this summer.
Gordon’s case was reviewed by the NFL Players Association ten days ago,
and the former All-Pro was deemed to have completed his required treatment program.
His reinstatement was recommended by the union.
Gordon, 30, has had his COVID-19 vaccine and is believed to be ready to play. He has been tested for drugs on a regular basis.
He’ll be a free agent after that.
“We are happy that the NFL recognizes Josh’s efforts, and now he has earned another chance to play in this league,” Gordon’s new agent, Zac Hiller, told ESPN. “We’re happy of Josh, and I’m sure all of his admirers are looking forward to seeing him on Sundays.”
Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the Seattle Seahawks in December 2019 for drug misuse and performance-enhancing substance offenses.
Gordon was suspended for the sixth time since the 2013 season.
The second restoration in December 2020 lasted just a month and was revoked in January 2021 after no on-field performances.
According to ESPN, Gordon’s rehabilitation has hit a snag.
Gordon was drafted by the Browns in the second round — No. 1 overall — in the 2012 supplemental draught. He was with the Cleveland Browns until 2018 (he was suspended in 2015-16), then with the New England Patriots for portions of 2018-19 before joining the Seattle Seahawks.
In 63 games, Gordon has 247 catches for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns (56 starts).