Josh Gordon‘s latest path back to NFL action hit another snag Friday, and it is certainly fair to wonder if the former All-Pro wideout will receive another opportunity.
The NFL rescinded its conditional reinstatement of Gordon, per Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The Seahawks wide receiver is again suspended indefinitely. The league reinstated Gordon late last year, but another setback left him unable to return to the field.
Connected to Antonio Brown throughout the offseason, the Seahawks instead re-signed Gordon. But the NFL did not clear him to return to action until Week 16. While Gordon’s reinstatement put him on track to play in that game, his latest stumbling block nixed those plans. Gordon has battled substance abuse throughout his career, which was sidetracked with a 10-game suspension in 2014. The 2013 first-team All-Pro missed both the 2015 and ’16 seasons and has not been the same player since the 2014 ban ushered in a run of hiatuses.
Overall, Gordon has been suspended nine times since becoming a pro. While most players in his situation have drifted out of the league, the 29-year-old receiver has continually managed to work his way back into the NFL’s good graces and receive additional opportunities. Gordon returned to the Browns in 2017, played in 12 games in 2018 and 11 in 2019. However, more substance-abuse trouble intervened in 2018 and ’19 to end Gordon’s respective seasons in New England and Seattle.
The Seahawks have shown steady support for the embattled playmaker, but after missing a third full season in his career, Gordon faces the prospect of never playing again.
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