WR Josh Gordon To Apply For Reinstatement

Count Josh Gordon among those who are looking to be reinstated by the NFL. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that the embattled wideout “will be applying for reinstatement soon.”

Sources tell Florio that Gordon is “doing well,” and the receiver has been working out and is ready to play in the NFL again. The 29-year-old is hoping for a resolution before training camp starts.

Last December, Gordon was slapped with an indefinite suspension following his latest violation of the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. Further, the league also flagged him for performance-enhancing substances. This was Gordon’s sixth career suspension from the league office; while the wideout has continually been given second (and third, and fourth…) chances, he could be facing an uphill battle this time around.

Further, if Gordon is reinstated, he’ll have to find a new team. As Florio writes, the receiver satisfied “his contractual obligations” to the Seahawks last season, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The wideout had a standout season back in 2013, hauling in 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s only appeared in 33 regular season games since that time, including a 2019 campaign that he split between the Patriots and Seahawks. He finished last season with 27 receptions for 426 yards and one score.

Yesterday, the NFL granted reinstatement to Aldon Smith, and we learned earlier today that Randy Gregory was also pushing for a return.

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      • hOsEbEeLiOn

        Yes you are bust. You’re the only one thinking race has anything to do with it.

      • bballblk

        Nope! Whether you’re white, black, or purple, getting suspended 5 times for the exact same thing kind of gives you a bad reputation as a player.

    • jamerjac001

      Why? If marijuana is his drug of failure, it is no longer a suspendable offense per the new CBA. The only failure he could have again is with PED’s and this was his first offense for that.

      • NYY42

        Because the substance is off the list doesn’t make his prior strikes go away!
        he still broke rules…

  1. Steezy

    I’m all for supporting people in recovery, but they’re just doing him a disservice by letting him keep playing. At this point we all know he needs more than 6 months sober to have a shot at making it through a season.

  2. Who_Farted

    6 suspensions is more then enough to show you just don’t deserve the privilege of playing in the NFL, sorry.

  3. JohnTheSportsFanatic

    You don’t need another chance, punk. You have had way, way too many chances. Please Roger, kick this punk out, for good!

  4. TJECK109

    Josh Gordon will make the HOF one day….

    He will go down as having the most suspensions and reinstatement’s in league history

      • TJECK109

        I didn’t realize burfict had to be reinstated so many times… or are you accounting for future suspensions? Lol

  5. Roll

    With them getting weed off the suspension list, i was tempted to give him another chance but it seems like alcohol is the stem of most of his suspensions.

    I know alcohol is legal but i think if he gets his 1 yr badge of sobriety he gets consideration to come back. 6 months is nice but 1 yr is a true commitment.

  6. Hannibal8us

    I hope someone gives him a chance, we were robbed of seeing this guy in his prime because the league was too busy glorifying pill poppers and vilifying weed smokers.

  7. phillyballers

    Put a pill up.

    49ers, Vikings, Seahawks, Bills, Pat’s

    who’s taking him on

  8. crosseyedlemon

    The NFL should add the Josh Gordon boomerang to it’s merchandising inventory. Pitch it to kids as the toy “that always comes back”.

  9. phenomenalajs

    Weed has been his kryptonite except for one PED test. From what I understand, he’s generally a good guy, not an Antonio Brown type. If Josh gets reinstated and has his act back together, I think the Jets might give him a shot. I thought they’d bring Demariyus Thomas back to work with Mims, but I could see Gordon being an option.

  10. axisofhonor25

    If they reinstate him again, there is something seriously wrong with the league. How many chances they going to give him?

  11. Appalachian_Outlaw

    I know his history, but I’d give the guy a shot. As someone said, he seems to be a good guy. He’s never, to my knowledge, done harm to anyone else. He’s not going to command any real money. What’s the risk to team?

  12. HalosHeavenJJ

    Many of his suspensions were due to violating a bad rule. I get it, the NFL is a privilege and following rules goes along with it. But the NFL changed their stance on weed, so his suspensions need to be viewed in that context.

    This young man openly battles depression and has sought help. I’d be OK with a final shot.

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