Josh Gordon reinstated, eligible to play again in Week 13

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has finally been reinstated, nearly three years after he last played in an NFL regular-season game.

The league announced today that Gordon is reinstated on a conditional basis and can attend team meetings effective immediately. He’ll be eligible to start practicing with the team on November 20 and eligible to be added to the 53-man roster on November 27, which means he could play again in Week 13.

It’s been a long, long road back for Gordon, one of the best receivers in the NFL. Repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy have consistently derailed his career, and he recently acknowledged that he had abused cocaine, codeine, Xanax, marijuana and other substances.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that the league is rooting for Gordon.

“As emphasized at today’s meeting, everyone – including Josh’s teammates and coaches, the Browns’ ownership and organization, the Program professionals and all of us at the league office – want him to have every opportunity to resume his career and to be successful in the NFL,” said Goodell. “Whether that happens, however, at the end of the day will depend on Josh. His commitment to sobriety and to reaching his goals in football and beyond will determine his success. It ultimately is up to Josh.”

Gordon, who had 87 catches for 1,646 yards in 14 games in 2013, is just 26 years old.

75 responses to “Josh Gordon reinstated, eligible to play again in Week 13

  1. I wish the guy luck but based on prior history there is no way he can lay off the sauce or the hippie lettuce. Not here to debate whether he is getting treated unfair or fairly just saying that it’s pretty clear that if he wants to keep his job he needs to stay clean and it’s been impossible thus far. Prove us wrong Josh!

  2. This young man’s life is in front of him! Let’s hope he can continue to kick the demons..

  3. If it wasn’t for the bungle with the Bengals, the Hue Jackson might’ve just lucked into a possible franchise QB and an outstanding WR to pair with him…

  4. best of luck Josh. we need you!

    with corey coleman possibly returning and Gordon back, maybe Kizer will get a chance to rip it in December. the kid hasnt had a hope thus far with his supporting cast

  5. “Stop It with all the talk about his demons. Dude smoked some weed. Never should’ve been suspended as long as he was.”

    I guess reading the article was too difficult for ya?

    “and he recently acknowledged that he had abused cocaine, codeine, Xanax, marijuana and other substances.”

  6. One day too late. Browns would have traded him to the Pats plus a second rounder for Jimmy G… but they probably would have missed the trade deadline anyway.

  7. unclechucky19 says:
    November 1, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Stop It with all the talk about his demons. Dude smoked some weed. Never should’ve been suspended as long as he was.
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    Directly from the posting: “…he had abused cocaine, codeine, Xanax, marijuana and other substances.”

    Sounds to me like more than a little weed. Reading before posting can be your best friend.

  8. Good luck Josh and best wishes. I hope you do well. It’s nice to hopefully see a young man turn his life around and hopefully make the right choices in the future.

  9. In case anyone was wondering how this will likely turn out:
    2010: Suspended
    2011: Suspended indefinitely; transferred schools, missed deadline, sat out entire year
    2012: Drafted, played all games
    2013: Suspended 2 games, still went to pro bowl
    2014: Suspended entire year, reduced to 10 games, returned for 5 games, suspended by team for last game
    2015: Suspended entire year
    2016: Reinstated but would remain suspended for first 4 games, left team to enter rehab a week before full reinstatement thereby reactivating his indefinite suspension on his own (failed to meet conditions of reinstatement)
    2017: Denied reinstatement, went to rehab again, reinstated, ______________
    Note: when he has applied for reinstatement he has never done so at the earliest time allowed. He has waited weeks/months. That shows a lack of commitment (IMHO) above and beyond the lack of commitment demonstrated by his continued violations.

  10. He’s baaaaack and ready to re-take his throne as BEST WR in football!

    He was the best WR in 2013, and that was with the worst QB situation ever for a guy who led the league in receiving (in just 14 games!). It may take a few weeks, but everyone will see the talent that we all saw in 2012-13.

    #freejoshgordon

  11. minnesotablizzard says:
    November 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm
    NFL trying anything to get the Browns a win

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    You do have to wonder if he had been traded to certain teams (no not just the Patriots) if Roger would have decided differently. Yes that would be crazy unfair to make such a decision on a mans lfe that way, but…..Roger.

  12. Good for him. I hope he comes back successfully. I’m over
    all the negative stuff in this league. About done with it
    to be honest. lol :/

  13. Haven’t we seen this movie??? Dude is almost 30 and has not played in how long??? Will Browns do the right thing for the organization and the player and release him so he can escape the browns curse while he tries to stay sober…. I heard he hired Manziel to be his DD…

  14. the freakin’ nfl should have ZERO say as to what someone does on their personal time if it doesnt hurt anyone else. end this STUPID anti-pot scheme once and for all. time for another hit…

  15. eaglesmancave says:
    November 1, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    “I wish the guy luck but based on prior history there is no way he can lay off the sauce or the hippie lettuce.”

    ROTFL. Hippie lettuce?

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    You mean you have never had hippie lettuce?!!

  16. About time. I’m against the hell out of marijuana suspensions. Pretty libertarian in regards to drugs in general, but this guy obviously has a real problem. Everyone loves a good redemption story, though…almost as much as we love watching people fail, right?

    Guess I’m saying humans suck and I hope it works for my fellow human, Josh Gordon.

  17. They should have cut him a long time ago because he is a guy who’ll “Win you one and lose you two”. After 1-23, they should give him a bonus and throw him a parade for that same reason.

  18. Good luck Josh. Would be great to see you thrive so you can tell your story and help others. Do not be silent, Tell your story. Show others it can be done. You have a great opportunity here to help a bad situation. Thank God your employer and the NFL helped you through this. Do not give up. We are rooting for you. Make it so young man. Man to man…. Im proud you’ve gotten this far, show us what you got!

  19. “happy1114 says:
    November 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm
    Haven’t we seen this movie??? Dude is almost 30 and has not played in how long???”

    He’s only 26. It’s not like he’s ancient.

  20. He’s cried wolf so many times most Browns fans have lost interest in him by now…..prolly do some stupid dance after getting a first down…..after a touchdown, he’ll be off the wagon.

  21. vonkaiser2001 says:
    November 1, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    It’s pointless. 3 years is way too long away. He’ll never get back to being even a productive player after that long even if he stays clean
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    You’ve obviously never been around world class athletes, or even great college athletes. I have. I know there are a few famous stories out there (Hamilton, Bush) and there are plenty of amateur stories out there that no one has heard of on a national level. Again, I have.

  22. jmethane says:
    November 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm
    Jeremy Lane for Josh Brown straight up, let’s go!
    ===========

    Not this year, lol, the trade deadline has already passed

  23. “he had abused cocaine, codeine, Xanax, marijuana and other substances.”

    Wish him the best. Weed is one thing but cocaine and painkillers is serious, no wonder they suspended him for so long if he kept testing positive for those.

  24. objectivefootballfan says:
    November 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm
    Josh Gordon needs to get out of Cleveland. He will never be a successful star with the Browns!!
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    There was talk of shipping his rights to miami but a coaching staff fueled by nose candy was deemed a potentially bad influence.

  25. jerruhjones says:
    November 1, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Something positive for the Browns? Shocking!
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    Please keep in mind that the Browns haven’t had any time to screw this up yet…

  26. Almost 30? I hate when trolls just assume stuff. He is only 26 and if he can get his life back on track and keep it on track he still has a lot of football ahead of him.

  27. Jones Smith says:
    November 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    jmethane says:
    November 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm
    Jeremy Lane for Josh Brown straight up, let’s go!
    ===========

    Not this year, lol, the trade deadline has already passed

    ============

    Jeremy Lane is trash no one wants him he can’t even pass a physical. Lol that’s like the Browns just giving him away.

  28. Glad he’s back; marijuana never should have kept him off the field in the first place. Don’t like the judgmental ending by Goodell — nah man, maybe it’s up to you to not enforce ridiculous drug policies.

  29. This is only mildly interesting.
    The guy is essentially an EX NFL player.
    It’ll be a miracle if he’s ever relevant again.
    He was chemically retired, so to speak.
    Not convinced anyone would put more resources into him than a promising kid in the ’18 draft.
    The draft is more solid.

  30. It’s been a long, long road back for Gordon, one of the best receivers in the NFL. Repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy have consistently derailed his career, and he recently acknowledged that he had abused cocaine, codeine, Xanax, marijuana and other substances.

    Well. This paragraph right here explains a lot. Josh Gordon was doing hardcore drugs like cocaine and Xanax. If it was just for marijuana or alcohol he probably would have been reinstated already. And this begs the question as to whether Justin Blackmon turned into a serious drug addict as well. IF that is the guess than it explains plenty as to why Blackmon has never been reinstated.

    Anyways I hope Josh Gordon has finally overcome his addictions.

  31. Pure nonsense. Violent criminals, drug lords, murderers and molly heads get 6 months away from the league. This dude tips the legal bottle and smokes weed…gone for three years.

  32. brendafortheboyz says:
    November 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    This young man’s life is in front of him! Let’s hope he can continue to kick the demons..

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    There are no such thing as “demons.” Just stupid things that people get themselves into.

  33. So much wasted talent. These guys like Gordon are gifted athletes, but they just can’t keep their acts together.

  34. I can’t believe he’s only 26. But I feel like he won’t be the same player as he was before the suspensions. He’s been away for too long. Not only will his play be impacted, but he could get injured quickly.

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