OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 2 months ago3 Comments

The NFL has denied Gordon's request for reinstatement from his one-year suspension for repeated violations of the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Gordon's next opportunity to apply for reinstatement will arrive on Aug. 1, according Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Competitive Edge Analysis

On Monday, it was widely reported that Gordon had failed a drug test in March. Both the A and B samples were revealed to have "traces of marijuana and dilute," and despite the former falling short of the threshold required for a positive test, his presence in Stage 3 of the drug program sealed his fate. Once Aug. 1 rolls around, Gordon will have the chance to reapply, though commissioner Roger Goodell is notorious for taking longer than the 60-day mandate for a response recommended under the current CBA. As a result, Gordon is in danger of missing his second season in a row.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 2 months ago7 Comments

ESPN.com relays that Gordon reportedly failed a drug test last month.

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Gordon, who remains suspended indefinitely by the NFL, had applied to the league for reinstatement this winter, but if this latest report is accurate, then his cause on the reinstatement front would obviously take a hit. Per NFL.com, the drug test said to be in question here "showed traces of marijuana and dilute." The talented 24-year-old wideout last took an NFL field for a game back on Dec. 21, 2014.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 2 months ago

While a decision on Gordon's potential reinstatement is not imminent, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that his staff is working toward that end, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The commissioner indicated that he may elect to meet with Gordon -- who was suspended indefinitely last January for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy -- before making a call on the wideout's request for reinstatement. With that in mind, Goodell noted that he'll know more on that front in a week or two once he gets a report from his staff. Given such a time-frame, Gordon's status probably won't be clarified in advance of the Browns offseason program, which starts on April 4th. That said, it appears as though there is hope that there could be some resolution with regard to Gordon's 2016 playing status in advance of the NFL Draft, which takes place April 28-30.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 2 months ago2 Comments

Gordon's bid for reinstatement will be ruled upon by the league "when appropriate", Cleveland.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gordon has been suspended for over a year after multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, but recently filed for reinstatement. While the league has yet to rule on Gordon's case, according to an NFL spokesperson, any decision will be made "when appropriate". Given that unclear timeframe, and the fact that Gordon has been suspended for 27 of the Browns' last 32 games, Cleveland is understandably not counting on the wideout's availability, even though his potential reinstatement would inevitably impact the team in some fashion.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 3 months ago1 Comment

Browns Executive Vice President Sashi Brown suggested Thursday that "by all signs, (Gordon) is on the path to come back and be reinstated" from his NFL-imposed suspension, NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The talented wideout has officially applied for reinstatement, though the report suggests that the Browns do not expect to have a final decision regarding Gordon's playing status before free agency begins next month. Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in the event that Gordon is reinstated, which seems a likely outcome at this stage, the team is inclined to "welcome him back if he's doing the right things." Gordon was most recently suspended for the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and as ESPN.com notes, in the event that the wideout slips up again, he would face an indefinite suspension by the league.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 4 months ago4 Comments

Gordon -- who was suspended by the NFL for a minimum of a year under the league's substance-abuse policy back on Feb. 3, 2015, -- has applied for reinstatement, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has 60 days in which to make a determination on Gordon's request for reinstatement. In the event that Gordon is reinstated within that time-frame, the talented young wideout would be able to participate in the Browns' offseason program, which opens up in April. Per the report, Gordon "has been doing well" in his time away from the team and is confident that he will be reinstated. In the event that he is, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello notes that Gordon would still "be in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance abuse program and will be subject to indefinite banishment again -- a minimum of a year -- with another positive test." In any case, there should be some degree of clarity with regard to the 24-year-old's prospects of seeing NFL action in 2016 before the Browns next take the field, with Gordon's status of course of import to fantasy owners, given the production and upside that he offers when he is able to play.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 5 months ago9 Comments

Gordon, who is eligible to apply for reinstatement Feb. 3, is doing "outstanding" according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gordon has missed 27 games between 2014-15, including the entire 2015 season, due to various suspensions. He seems to be progressing well during his offseason workouts, however, and could be ready to contribute again in 2016. This is certainly noteworthy for dynasty owners, as Gordon, at 25 years old, could still be a valuable fantasy asset if he's able to get his act together. The Browns have him under contract through the 2016 season.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 1 year ago14 Comments

Gordon was officially handed a one-year suspension from the NFL on Tuesday for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Gordon missed 11 total games due to suspension in 2014, and it's now essentially certain he will be out for the next 16. As part of his league substance abuse program requirements, Gordon is not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages, and it turns out a positive test for alcohol just after the conclusion of the regular season was what triggered the violation. The Browns haven't yet released him, but Gordon won't be eligible for reinstatement until the beginning of the 2016 season.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 1 year ago10 Comments

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gordon could be suspended for a year for failing a test for alcohol.

We'll await further details, but if the report of a potential suspension -- which is echoed by ESPN's Adam Schefter -- is confirmed, this latest news will further cloud the future of the Browns' talented wideout. Gordon -- who caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games this past season -- served a 10-game suspension to start the 2014 campaign and was subsequently suspended by the Browns in Week 17 for a violation of team rules.

OUTJosh Gordon WR CLE 1 year ago

Gordon -- who did not play in Week 17 due to suspension -- finished the 2014 season with 24 catches on 47 targets for 303 yards and zero touchdowns.

Gordon went into 2014 facing a season-long ban for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy, but saw that term reduced to 10 games after the NFL modified its drug policy back in September. The 2013 receiving yards leader made his long-anticipated debut in Week 12, hauling in eight passes on 16 targets for 120 total yards. That was the peak for Gordon, however, who was never able to make a significant impact after that, leading to a disappointing outcome for fantasy owners who had been hoping he would save their season. Gordon's situation worsened when he missed a team walkthrough in advance of the regular season finale, and ended up missing his 11th game of the year due to suspension. The Browns have Gordon under contract through the 2015 season, but their patience with his antics has to be wearing thin at this point. He's one of the most talented wideouts in the league, but potentially needs to hear a new message in order to get his career back on track.