NFL has no update on Josh Gordon’s possible reinstatement

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Video of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throwing with wide receiver Josh Gordon on Wednesday served as a reminder that Gordon’s rights remain with New England and that there have been reports indicating he could return to the team this season.

There’s been no word of any reinstatement application at this point and the league had little to say on the matter Wednesday.

Gordon was suspended indefinitely last December and Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com asked an NFL spokesperson if there was a timeline for a review of that suspension. Howe reports that the response was that the league has no update to provide regarding Gordon’s status.

In March, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the immediate focus for all parties was to make sure Gordon is doing “what he needs to do to get his life on the right track.” He said that once the feeling was that Gordon had found that track, the league will “get to that place” of determining a return to action.

45 responses to “NFL has no update on Josh Gordon’s possible reinstatement

  1. First, yes I hope he gets his life together, but as a Browns fan I won’t be happy if this suspension is shorter than a full season. He was suspended for a full season last suspension, with the Browns. Each suspension should be longer than the last. It’ll be an obvious bias toward the Patriots/larger markets (Boston) if they lift that suspension before a full season. And I don’t think he should be allowed back in time for the playoffs either. FULL season.

  2. Man…rooted for this guy to bounce back for years while he was in Cleveland. More to be pitied than scorned. Too dog gone bad. Good luck, Josh.

  3. If this is just marijuana the NFL needs to get its act together more then Gordon. As far as I know he isn’t out beating women or children but those guys get back. So he gets high in his own time, who cares? I guess if he was on TV slamming beers in public that would be OK.

  4. no business playing anymore. has been given countless chances, but of course he is in NE so the NFl will look the other way. typical.

  5. Apparently he was doing more than simply getting high. Once a player is suspended, they can no longer merely smoke weed. He tried to control the situation last year by teling the Browns he wouldn’t be attending the start of camp…who does that? Then says he needs time to get himself together. It is obvious that he needs to devote his full attention to that.

  6. I was a fan for a while and I wish the dude all the best, but after so many strikes, why would you ever reinstate this guy?

  7. How many chances does this clown get? Forget about the morality of smoking pot, your boss says not to do it and tests you then you don’t do it. Pretty simple.

  8. If this is just marijuana the NFL needs to get its act together more then Gordon.

    It isn’t just marijuana. By his own admission, it isn’t just marijuana. And it has affected his commitment to teams and largely his work product.

  9. If Josh Gordon isn’t allowed back before Tyrek Hill then I would say Goodell is out of touch with the world around him.

  10. Since they didn’t say why he was suspended I can’t really say but if the Patriots are acting like he’s coming back it must NOT be illegal drug related. Like subscribed psychiatric medication that he alerted the league to taking but was still not approved or something. Otherwise I don’t see them not stating why he was banned or determining he will be banned permanently. Clearly his 3 strikes have sailed past.

  11. Has he ever been arrested or done anything to hurt another person…………….

    Um yeah he got a dui. Did he hurt someone? He could have.

    Got to laugh at these clowns. They keep spewing this myth that all he does a smoke weed well it’s not just weed it’s well documented.

  12. broughtupbrowns says:
    June 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    no business playing anymore. has been given countless chances, but of course he is in NE so the NFl will look the other way. typical.
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    I know you’re tired of them winning and all and I get it, but with all the bogus fines, suspensions, stolen draft picks, etc…over the years please name some examples of their preferential treatment by the NFL? Seriously, that statement is laughable.

  13. When he was playing for the Browns, the NFL couldn’t wait to violate policy to reinstate him… Now that he’s on the Patriots, watch for them to violate policy to keep him from playing. Old news here for those NOT hitched to a bandwagon…

  14. Maybe he’s taking suboxone as part of an opioid recovery program. I assume that is a substance banned by the league, while it could also be a component of “getting his life back on track.”

  15. “First of all, by his own admission, his substance abuses goes far beyond pot.”

    Far beyond? Not the case, believe its alcohol that is the other issue and he’s never admitted to hard drugs that I’m aware of

  16. broughtupbrowns says:
    June 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    no business playing anymore. has been given countless chances, but of course he is in NE so the NFl will look the other way. typical.
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    ricko1112 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 9:48 pm
    When he was playing for the Browns, the NFL couldn’t wait to violate policy to reinstate him… Now that he’s on the Patriots, watch for them to violate policy to keep him from playing. Old news here for those NOT hitched to a bandwagon…

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    Its kind of funny putting the two comments together. But what if both theories are simply myths?

  17. I guess we will all just have to sit back & see how this all plays out…..
    Personally I believe he has too many personal demons ingrained in his DNA to change….He’s let a lot of people down & hurt not only himself but his family as well…..
    I hope he gets the opportunity to play this year, but even if he does I don’t he will last all that long before he slips up yet again…..as I said above, it’s now in his DNA & he doesn’t seem to have the self discipline to fight it that long even with so many outlets to lean on in order to do that……just a really sad story.

  18. revren10 says:
    June 20, 2019 at 7:59 am
    Pats never should’ve traded for him waste of a 5th round pick,

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    LOL

    He helped them win games and they won a SB.

    Your jealousy is a delight.

  19. Why should Josh Gordon every be allowed to play in the NFL again? It’s obvious he has much more serious demons to deal with and handing him more money to do the things he does is just plain foolish.
    Gordon is one of those guys who will always end up as a tragic story. We’ve seen it for years in the NFL, starting with players such as Eugene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, Joe Don Looney, Duane Thomas, Mercury Morris, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Nate Newton, Travis “The Roadrunner” Williams, Lawrence Phillips, Dave Meggett, Ryan Leaf, Art Schlicter, O.J. Simpson, Jim Brown, Rae Carruth, Aaron Hernandez, Darren Sharper, Donte Stallworth, Bam Morris, Lawrence Taylor, and so on and so forth. Those are the ones I came up with off the top of my head and I am sure I’ve forgotten many more.
    A friend of mine used to be an assistant coach at a small college football program. He attended a coaches seminar and conference and the keynote speaker was former Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil. This was after he had left the Eagles and before he took the Rams job.
    During the question/answer period a coach asked Vermeil what his opinion was of teams signing talented players who have a history of troubles on and off the field, because the coach always thinks he can straighten the guy out. Vermeil said it was an excellent question and then held up his right hand high over his head, making a circle with his index finger and his thumb. He said, “it’s my belief that when a player has a history of being one of these, he usually stays that way”. The message was clear what Vermeil meant. The irony of that story is that when Vermeil took the Rams job, who did they sign? None other than RB Lawrence Phillips.
    Josh Gordon needs to focus on one thing and one thing only — getting himself straightened out. It’s obvious football hasn’t helped him do that, so he and the NFL need to move on.

  20. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    June 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm
    broughtupbrowns says:
    June 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    no business playing anymore. has been given countless chances, but of course he is in NE so the NFl will look the other way. typical.
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    I know you’re tired of them winning and all and I get it, but with all the bogus fines, suspensions, stolen draft picks, etc…over the years please name some examples of their preferential treatment by the NFL? Seriously, that statement is laughable.

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    Over the last 10 years, the Deflategate framejob and the two tamperings by the Jets and Texans alone prove the statement to be absolutely absurd.

    Fascinating isn’t it? They’re like little Goodell stooges.

  21. revren10 says:
    June 20, 2019 at 7:59 am
    Pats never should’ve traded for him waste of a 5th round pick,

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    He helped the Patriots a lot through a good chunk of regular season games. Some of those they would have won anyhow but not all. He got in a good enough contribution to the season that if thats all they ever see from him ever again it was still worth swapping a late 5th for an early 7th.

  22. vikings1234 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm
    If Josh Gordon isn’t allowed back before Tyrek Hill then I would say Goodell is out of touch with the world around him.

    I agree with you based on the acts each committed (if you consider substance abuse an “act” in this context), but Gordon has been busted and suspended so many times that his punishment will more than likely be longer than Hill’s.

  23. The moral of this story – NO second chances for players in the NFL.
    THAT is the ONLY way to resolve this problem.
    Accountability is the answer.

  24. Does Gordon has some “right” to reinstatement? No. Not at all.
    He’s made some money and he can get a job at Burger King.
    The NFL should not be forced to provide support for players who priority problems.
    Isn’t it amazing how silent the NFLPA is when it comes to actually helping their own clients – outside of labor talks of course – and the media NEVER asks the NFLPA to comment on anything other than labor talks.

  25. Fingers crossed Brady kept Josh away from his trainer Guerrero. We can’t afford another PED suspension. Edelman’s 4 game suspension last season was bad enough.

  26. “Pats never should’ve traded for him waste of a 5th round pick,”

    He was fantastic for the 11 games I think it was he was on the field for them last season. Pats would not have won as many games and not gotten the 2 seed without him, which was crucial to getting to the SB.

    But yeah, winning a Super Bowl isn’t worth flipping a pick to a lower one.

    SMH

  27. The fans from other teams on here saying he should be banned for life & not allowed back are just scared that the Pats will again have him to face their team……
    Let’s face it, EVERYONE knows the Pats offense will be pretty much unstoppable with Josh allowed to be in it along side Edelman & Harry……
    Panic is ALREADY setting in!!!!!

  28. harrisonhits2 says:

    June 20, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    “Pats never should’ve traded for him waste of a 5th round pick,”

    He was fantastic for the 11 games I think it was he was on the field for them last season. Pats would not have won as many games and not gotten the 2 seed without him, which was crucial to getting to the SB.

    But yeah, winning a Super Bowl isn’t worth flipping a pick to a lower one.

    SMH

    How many catches did he have in the super bowl or playoffs oh yeah that’s right zero, Brady had a better passing percentage after Gordon was gone. He can only run go routes and slants waste of a trade.

  29. tylawspick6 says:

    June 20, 2019 at 8:58 am

    revren10 says:
    June 20, 2019 at 7:59 am
    Pats never should’ve traded for him waste of a 5th round pick,

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    LOL

    He helped them win games and they won a SB.

    Your jealousy is a delight.

    Jealousy for what he only had three touchdown catches. Brady threw better after Gordon was gone. How many catches did he have in the playoffs and superbowl oh yeah that’s right zero. If pats loose in playoffs everyone would be blaming Gordon for choosing dope.

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