Report: Josh Gordon hasn’t satisfied conditions of his reinstatement to practice, play

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The NFL conditionally reinstated Josh Gordon on Dec. 3, and the Seahawks activated the receiver to their roster Monday with the expectation he would return this week. He won’t.

Gordon remains ineligible to practice or play.

The league’s transactions Tuesday showed he returned to the exempt list.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports that the NFL notified Gordon and the Seahawks on Tuesday that the receiver has not satisfied all terms of his conditional reinstatement. He is allowed only to continue attending team meetings and individual workouts.

Gordon has not played since Dec. 15, 2019.

The NFL suspended him indefinitely for violations of both the substance-abuse and performance-enhancing drugs policies. Gordon’s attorney said in a statement Gordon relapsed following the death of his brother last November.

The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers from the Patriots last November. He appeared in five games for the team before the suspension and caught seven passes for 139 yards during his time with the team.

32 responses to “Report: Josh Gordon hasn’t satisfied conditions of his reinstatement to practice, play

  1. All of this just for weed which is already 100% legal in many states. He’s never done anything malicious as far as we know. This is a bunch of horsepoop. Let the man play.

  2. It’s really sad to see a guy get so caught in the grips of addiction that he can’t do the things his team asks of him. I hope that he kicks it someday. He seems like a polite,quiet guy but he’s probably out of chances.

  3. Josh Gordon is like that super hot chick that plays one guy after another for all they’re worth but keeps getting chance after chance and just laughs it all off. You keep thinking at some point it will just be over for her but it never is cause her looks and body let her make her own rules.

  4. $5.5 million in career earnings. $3.2 million in fines and suspensions. Josh Gordon’s life coach is letting him down.

  5. Let’s hope he can get the help he desperately needs before either he runs out of chances or his ability diminishes too far.

  6. This kid is done as a football player. Time for both parties to move on. At first it may have been just weed but obviously it has spiraled into much worse the last few years. I don’t think he has played 16 games in the last 7 years, combined. Rooting for him to get help, clean, and have a successful life because he’s a nice young man. But it very clearly and obviously won’t be on a football field. It’s over. All the best, Josh. Addiction in a disease and I wish you the best in your battle.

  7. No employer will give an employee this many chances. His time in the NFL should’ve been over in 2018. He is a grown man that will never change. Time to cut him and move on.

  8. I used to be a huge Josh Gordon fan, but his sad story has gotten to the point of being unbearable.

  9. The amount of rare reward and opportunity this young man has thrown away for some weed and alcohol. Beyond sad.

  10. What is he not doing that he was supposed to have been doing? Paying fine? Community “PSA” stuff? Testing?? Seems like the letter should be specific in detailing what is missing.

  11. I wish the NFL could be a bit more transparent on these issues. What exactly term(s) is he not satisfying?

  12. This guy has had more chances than Bill Murray in Groundhogs Day. This has to be his last strike.

  13. cobrala2 says:
    December 22, 2020 at 8:51 pm
    Man, he’s got it bad.
    Football doesn’t matter, Josh.


    But the signing bonuses are nice, especially when you don’t want to have to support yourself like a normal person.

  14. All the talent, and cannot get out of his own way to stay eligible. Unfortunately, this does not bode well for the rest of his life either. Hopefully, he can find the right help at some point and turn things around.

  15. Seems to me the sensible thing would have been for Gordon to meet all his obligations first before being allowed to return to practice .

  16. Yes, the new CBA ends suspensions for positive marijuana tests. No, it does not operate as amnesty for previously suspended players.

    With Josh Gordon trending on Twitter in the wake of the news that the CBA has been ratified, it’s important to remember that the old rules regarding reinstatement will still apply going forward. So if a player, like Gordon, already is serving an indefinite banishment for violating the old substance-abuse policy, the new policy doesn’t automatically bring him back.

    He’ll still have to apply, and the Commissioner will still have “sole discretion” to decide what to do, under procedures that don’t even set a deadline for making a decision.

    And if Gordon gets back, the rules that apply to all other players (no suspension for positive tests) will not apply to Gordon. By the plain terms of the policy, any violations of the policy committed by a player who has been reinstated can result in another indefinite suspension.

  17. What does this mean? Did he test positive again for weed or something? Or did his agent forget to file some paperwork?

    If he tested positive, then football’s probably done for him. Teams can’t bring in a guy and make him part of the game plan if they don’t know if or when he’ll be available. As talented as he is, there’s a point when teams just won’t deal with it anymore. Hopefully we learn a little more about what’s going on soon.

  18. shurmanblog says:

    Seems to me the sensible thing would have been for Gordon to meet all his obligations first before being allowed to return to practice .

    The NFL probably did that thinking being around the team would be good for Gordon and help him. It’s not the NFLs fault this guy just can’t get out of his own way. My guess is he tested positive for something. That’s not the NFLs fault either. It’s one person’s fault. Josh Gordon. The Patriots had guys with him 24×7 until he snuck away and subsequently failed a drug test. If the guy requires babysitting 24×7 to stay clean then he’s never going to change until he wants to change. It seems to me he doesn’t want to change just yet.

    Just imagine how much money this guy has thrown away. He could easily be a $20M+/yr WR. He’s probably missed out on $100M of earnings. I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who can’t get out of his own way and squanders the opportunities he’s had. Don’t get me wrong, I was hoping for his story to end on a positive note but it’s becoming less and less likely that will ever happen.

  19. The rules changed so that he’d be able to play and still have his recreation of choice yet somehow it’s STILL not going to work out for him. And it’s not like he had some gigantic guaranteed deal so that money is no issue–he’s got to be needing some income by this point. This guy needs some serious help.

  20. If this is all about weed then this is ridiculous. There are dozens of other numbskulls who have done worse and have received far less penalties.

  21. Why did they not notify the Seahawks before they released Penny Hart to do bring Gordon to the 53 if it was in fact a previous relapse?

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