Josh Gordon can stay with team during four-game suspension to start season

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Under the substance-abuse policy, a player banished for at least a full year under the program cannot be with the team during the suspension. For Browns receiver Josh Gordon, the conditional reinstatement crafted by Commissioner Roger Goodell allows Gordon to be with the team throughout training camp, the preseason, and during his four-game suspension to start the year.

While Gordon can’t practice or play during the first four weeks, he can with the team as he attempts to remain on the right path to full reinstatement.

Goodell called agent Drew Rosenhaus on Monday and explained that Goodell specifically opted to craft an outcome that allows Gordon to return to the team with the most support possible, despite the decision to keep him off the field for four additional weeks.

“He wants to give Josh another opportunity,” Rosenhaus told PFT. “He liked Josh and wants to help him and he deserves another chance.”

Apart from helping Gordon get the most out of his latest second chance (he was suspended two games in 2013 and 10 games in 2014), Rosenhaus said Goodell explained he specifically wants to show the NFL Players Association that he is capable of and willing to fashion outcomes aimed at assisting players and cooperating with the union. Rosenhaus added that the NFLPA has been unwavering in its support of Josh Gordon.

At a time when there’s a perception that otherwise able players are choosing to no longer play, it frankly makes sense to help players who are willing to play to find their way back to the field.

Rosenhaus said Gordon is “elated” by the news and that Gordon is immediately heading for Cleveland. The carefully-constructed terms of the reinstatement suggest that the Browns are on board with it, and that they fully intend to keep Gordon as he continues to work through the various things he still must do in order to earn full reinstatement.

“Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, Mr. Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the [drug-testing program] professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal,” Goodell wrote to Gordon in the letter explaining the reinstatement. “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.”

The development gives the Browns hope for a significant boost to the passing game as of Week Five, when Gordon could be returning for Tom Brady’s return as the Browns prepare to host the Patriots.

40 responses to “Josh Gordon can stay with team during four-game suspension to start season

  1. OK if this isn’t proof their is a bias against the Pats then nothing is. Gordon can stay with his team yet Brady is to be NOWHERE near his.

  2. ……I don’t get this at ALL. Tom Brady can’t even look at his teammates during his 4 game suspension but this clown , who is a repeat offender, gets to ‘hang’ with the team. Rodger Goodell is such a unethical, vindictive,two faced commissioner. I’m not a NE fan but a NFL fan and I expect fair play all…..which isn’t happening.

  3. Josh,

    If Johnny Manziel invites you to a party, don’t go. Better yet, make up an excuse.

    ‘I have to wash my hair, tonight’ usually works.

  4. “he can with the team as he attempts to remain on the right path to full reinstatement.

    Goodell, per a source with knowledge of the situation, specifically opted to craft an outcome that allows Gordon to return to the team with the most support possible, despite the decision to keep him off the field for four additional weeks. Apart from helping Gordon get the most out of his latest second chance (he was suspended two games in 2013 and 10 games in 2014), Goodell specifically wants to show the NFL Players Association that he is capable of and willing to fashion outcomes aimed at assisting players and cooperating with the union,”

    BANANALAND

  5. Now Goodell is just rubbing Brady’s face in it….
    I’ve never seen a more corrupt official than the NFL has…

    The NFL IS becoming WWF…. Totally corrupt!!!

  6. I have full confidence in Josh. All of his previous suspensions were over legitimate misunderstandings or archaic NFL rules.

    Welcome back josh!!!!!!

  7. Let’s get one thing straight here and now. Weed was never the problem. This dude carried me to a FF championship while he smoked almost as much lush as yours truly. The problem is,was and will continue to be Roger Goodell and his overreaching draconian practices. These guys play a game to entertain the masses. If they smile a little, no one gets hurt. It’s not like they are performing surgery while drunk or operating heavy machinery.

  8. If people can’t see that the league is going after the Patriots and Brady they’re blind. This, the Manning “investigation”??? #Integrity

  9. Gordon already had a year off. Why the extra four weeks? It’s not like a violated the league’s substance abuse policy and deflated footballs, too.

  10. There will be no meeting with Brady in week #5. The Pats have a bye on week #4 which means that Brady will still be serving his 4 game suspension on week #5. Brady won’t be back until NFL week #6.

  11. winfieldjoe says:
    Jul 25, 2016 3:12 PM
    There will be no meeting with Brady in week #5. The Pats have a bye on week #4 which means that Brady will still be serving his 4 game suspension on week #5. Brady won’t be back until NFL week #6.

    ???????????????????????????????????????????????

    You sleep through last season buddy???

  12. Two things amaze me about this situation. 1. That Gordon couldn’t stop smoking to prevent this from happening. 2. That the league can’t change the rules so a person’s career isn’t ruined by weed usage.

  13. As a Pats fan, I’m fine with this. Comparing it to Brady or any other 4 gm suspension is apples and oranges.

  14. …because being around the team will keep him from making decisions that get him suspended. Wait, that never worked before so why is this such a big deal?

  15. Next time NHL fans boo Gary Bettman during the Stanley Cup presentation, they should remember that they could have things worse…much worse. I’m looking at you Rog.

  16. Yeah sure Roger, cause being around the team & all its support staff has just done wonders for this guy in the past….
    Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over & over again & expecting different results….

  17. Lol the nfl is literally WWE because of that CBA, Goodell has no one to check his authority and he can be as biased as he wants. Its insane this isnt as a big of an issue as it should be.

  18. Weird to me that so many people draw distinctions between the owners, the teams, the league and the commissioner. It is all the same, Goodell can’t “ruin the game” any more than Tom Brady or Breast Cancer Awareness pink uniforms can. It is all the same, take it or leave it, just please stop whining and endlessly concocting conspiracy theories.

    So long as you keep watching and they keep making money, it is all going just peachy as far as any of them are concerned, from Goodell to Brady and everyone else, they aren’t losing any sleep over it so why should you?

  19. no discrepancy here, folks,

    failing schedule non-surprise drug tests umpteen times is nowhere nearly as bad, apparently, as

    being generally aware that someone might have wanted to take some air out of some footballs, but didn’t.

    /sarcasm

  20. I don’t know if he’s still any good on the field, but good on him for getting clean enough to have another chance. Alot of guys would have gone the Manziel route.

  21. winfieldjoe says:
    Jul 25, 2016 3:12 PM
    There will be no meeting with Brady in week #5. The Pats have a bye on week #4 which means that Brady will still be serving his 4 game suspension on week #5. Brady won’t be back until NFL week #6.
    =================

    Pats play Buffalo week 4, their bye is week 9. Granted, if Brady was playing facing Buffalo in Gillette would be as close to a bye as it gets but with Garropolo under center they are probably going to have to do a little more than just show up.

  22. Win-Win! I hope he embraces this opportunity and if he does, it could lead to other creative ideas to allow otherwise “troublesome” players back into the fold.

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