July 25, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated by NFL
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was granted conditional reinstatement by NFL commissioenr Roger Goodell after previously being indefinitely suspended for repeated substance-abuse violations. Gordon will serve a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the regular season The former Lamar and Baylor standout was suspended last February, failing an alcohol test after flying to Las Vegas. Gordon has passed a series of drug and alcohol tests and met recently with Goodell to discuss his progress. "As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed," Goodell wrote in a letter to Gordon. "Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, [ Browns owner] Mr. [Jimmy] Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal. But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices, but it will be up to you to do so." Gordon was suspended two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and for the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He was denied reinstatement in April after reports he failed a drug test because of a diluted samples that also tested positive for marijuana. However, it wasn't a high enough level of marijuana to constitute a failed test. Gordon has caught 161 career passes for 2,754 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gordon caught a career-high 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. "What I'm anxious to do is evaluate him just like we're going to evaluate every player on our roster and see if they are the right fit for the Cleveland Browns," Browns coach Hue Jackson said this spring.