Wide receiver Josh Gordon is hopeful of another chance in the NFL and has sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell, according to an ESPN report, requesting reinstatement.
The report added that, for the past three months, Gordon has been subject to random drug testing by the NFL and has passed those tests.
Gordon, 30, was selected in the 2012 supplemental draft. He would be a free agent if he is reinstated by the NFL.
While with the Seattle Seahawks in December 2019, he was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.
It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season.
A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.
ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.
Gordon played with Johnny Manziel, his former teammate with the Cleveland Browns, in the Fan Controlled Football league.
According to his player page at the team site — Gordon played for the Zappers — he caught seven passes for 100 yards.
–Field Level Media
Coming off his sixth NFL suspension since 2013, wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated and will be able to join the Seattle Seahawks for the last two weeks of the regular season.
Gordon, 29, has been suspended for substance abuse five times. He applied for reinstatement in June and re-signed with the Seahawks in September, agreeing to a one-year deal. Prior to his most recent suspension, Gordon caught seven passes for 139 yards in five games for Seattle after he was claimed on waivers from the New England Patriots.
According to a statement by the NFL, Gordon can begin COVID-19 testing on Friday and join the Seahawks on Dec. 9 if his tests are negative. He will not be able to practice or travel with Seattle, or attend games, though, until Dec. 21. Prior to that date Gordon will only be able to attend meetings and work out individually.
He will be eligible for the Seahawks’ last two regular-season games: at home against the Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 27) and at the San Francisco 49ers (Jan. 3).
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon could serve as a valuable third receiver for the Seahawks, who are led by DK Metcalf (58 catches for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns this season) and Tyler Lockett (70 catches, 771 yards, eight touchdowns). The Seahawks rank fourth in receiving yards (3,216) and are second in receiving touchdowns (31), but are 26th in third-down conversions (39.5 %).
With Seattle and New England last season, Gordon had 27 catches for 426 yards in 11 games, but in 2018 with the Patriots and Cleveland Browns he caught 41 passes for 737 yards in 12 games.
–Field Level Media