Browns WR Gordon conditionally reinstated by NFL
Josh Gordon could make a comeback for the Cleveland Browns after three years off the field, following his conditional reinstatement by the NFL.
Gordon has not played since the end of the 2014 season and had been suspended indefinitely since September 2016 without pay for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
The league announced on Wednesday that the receiver could re-join the team immediately to attend meetings, engage in conditioning and individual workouts.
His reinstatement is conditional and he will be placed on the commissioner's exempt list. He will be permitted to practice with the team beginning on November 20. Gordon would then be eligible on November 27, at the team's discretion, to return to active status or to remain on the commissioner's exempt list for an additional week before returning to active status.
"As emphasised at today's meeting, everyone – including Josh's team-mates 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," league commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
"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 was a second-round pick of the Browns in the 2012 supplemental draft. The former Baylor standout led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013. He has 161 career receptions for 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns over three seasons.
The winless Browns (0-8) are on their bye this week before taking on the Lions on November 12. If fully reinstated, Gordon could play in Cleveland's December 3 game against the Chargers.