While the Cleveland Browns’ season has been a train wreck, going 0-8 as of this week, they got a bit of good news… with wide receiver Josh Gordon being conditionally reinstated to the NFL.
The league announced Wednesday (Nov. 1) that, effective immediately, Gordon may join the Browns to attend meetings and engage in conditioning work and individual workouts. He will also be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list and be permitted to practice with the team beginning Nov. 20. Then on Nov. 27, he is eligible — at the team’s discretion — to return to active status.
Gordan, 26, has not played in the NFL since December 2014. He’s been suspended indefinitely, without pay, since September 2016 for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
In the past year, he has been in and out of rehab, attempting to get back on the right track and return to the team.
If Gordan can abide by the stipulations of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, he could play in Cleveland’s final five games this season.
“We’ve been informed of the league’s decision to reinstate Josh,” Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown said. “The personal well-being of all our players is of the utmost importance to us. We respect and commend Josh for taking the steps necessary to have the opportunity to return to the league. Josh will be in our building in the coming days, and we look forward to having him back and sitting with him to discuss his future on our team.”
In the statement, Goodell said Gordon’s teammates 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. 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.”