Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another league-administered drug test last month, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported Monday.
Citing a source with knowledge of test results, the report said a sample collected from Gordon in early March tested positive for marijuana and dilute. Though the report said the amount of marijuana the test revealed was below the 35 nanograms per milliliter required for a positive test, the diluted sample is considered a positive test.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in February. He was suspended for at least a year in early 2015 after testing positive for alcohol, a violation of rules set forth by the NFL stemming from a previous suspension.
Garafolo’s report said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to rule on Gordon’s request for reinstatement, which Gordon made in February. Though another failed test doesn’t necessarily mean Goodell will deny Gordon’s request, it certainly can’t help his case. This news also might explain why the NFL has not announced a decision on Gordon’s quest for reinstatement.
Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment to Garafolo.
Earlier Monday, ESPN reported that Gordon has been living in Los Angeles with former teammate and noted maker of solid decisions Johnny Manziel.
Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 despite missing the season’s first two games due to an NFL suspension. He served a 10-game suspension to start 2014 and caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games; he was suspended by the Browns for the season finale for a violation of team rules.