SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 1 month ago7 Comments
Gordon (suspension) had his reinstatement petition denied Thursday by the NFL, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.
Gordon, who has not played in an NFL game since 2014 after multiple substance abuse violations, applied for reinstatement back in March, but he will now officially be unable to rejoin the Browns for any offseason workouts or training camp. His next opportunity to apply for reinstatement will be in the fall, and given reports from a little over a month ago that Cleveland would look into keeping Gordon should he be reinstated, it's likely that he tries once again when that time comes. Look for another update on Gordon's status to come about closer to the start of the regular season.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 3 months ago1 Comment
Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown suggested Wednesday that Gordon (suspension) could stay with the team if he is reinstated by the NFL, ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi reports.
This marks a serious departure from the other statements made by team officials since Gordon failed to meet the conditions for his reinstatement in September. Head coach Hue Jackson, among others, suggested that the 25-year-old wideout had blown his final chance to make things work in Cleveland. It does make some sense that that team would reconsider, as there's a clear need for talent at wide receiver following the departure of Terrelle Pryor in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that Gordon won't turn 26 until mid-April and has seemingly taken an active approach dealing with the substance abuse issues that have long plagued him. He applied for reinstatement in early March, expecting to hear about his status by late April or early May. The Browns may push the league to make a decision before the upcoming draft, as Gordon's availability would impact the team's strategy. Even if the Browns don't plan on keeping him, Gordon might fetch a middle-round pick in a trade. The NFL may still want him to serve a four-game suspension as one of the conditions for his reinstatement, considering he started last season on a four-game suspension but then left for an inpatient rehab facility instead of rejoining the Browns for Week 5.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 3 months ago2 Comments
The Browns likely will trade or release Gordon (suspension) if he is reinstated by the NFL, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March and expects to get an answer around the time of the NFL Draft. He's been suspended for 43 of the last 48 regular-season games, with his only appearances since 2013 occurring late in the 2014 season. He'll still only be 26 years old for the upcoming season, and he did look good in his two appearances last preseason, but then entered an inpatient rehab facility instead of rejoining the Browns after Week 4. While his willingness to take responsibility for his actions should help his case, Gordon's lengthy track record of substance-abuse issues means that any reinstatement likely would have a slew of conditions attached. Given his age and modest contract, Gordon might still fetch a middle-round pick in a trade. It's also possible, though not likely, that the Browns might reconsider their stance and give Gordon another shot.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 3 months ago
Gordon (suspension) is expected to hear about the status of his reinstatement application by late April or early May, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March, eyeing a return to regular-season action for the first time since December 2014. He was conditionally reinstated last summer from an indefinite ban, needing to serve another four-game suspension before playing in a game. He ultimately entered an in-patient rehab facility instead of returning after four weeks -- thereby failing to meet the terms for reinstatement. The league may outline a similar condition this time around, but even if it doesn't, the Browns are expected to part ways with Gordon. Set to turn 26 in April, the talented wideout shouldn't have a hard time finding another team that's willing to give him a shot.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 4 months ago1 Comment
Gordon (suspension) plans to officially apply for reinstatement Wednesday, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.
Gordon hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2014 following multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, but was conditionally reinstated last July. However, after subsequently returning to practice with the team and taking part in preseason action, Gordon decided to enter an in-patient rehab facility in October while he was in the midst of his four-game suspension to open the 2016 season, and decided to put his playing career on hold for the time being. Gordon's business manager said that the decision to step away from the game has put the wideout in his "best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL," and Gordon now feels he's prepared to return to professional football. If the NFL agrees with that assessment and reinstates Gordon, he'd still remain under the Browns' club control, but all indications are that the organization plans to move on from the troubled receiver.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 8 months ago
With Gordon (suspension) having been released from an inpatient treatment facility, the wideout is a candidate to be dealt in advance of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The report notes, however, that Gordon remains subject to the reinstatement process outlined by the NFL's substance abuse policy, so it remains unclear if/when he might be deemed eligible by the league to play again. In any case, it seems clear that the 25-year-old wideout is not part of the Browns' plans.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 9 months ago13 Comments
Gordon will likely be released by the Browns, NFL.com reports.
As hinted by head coach Hue Jackson, the team no longer has any plans for Gordon, who will enter an in-patient rehab facility instead of returning from his suspension in Week 5. It's unclear how long Gordon will stay in the facility and when/if he plans to play again this season, but he should eventually draw interest around the league, unless he failed a drug test -- in which case he'd likely be suspended yet again.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 9 months ago
Coach Hue Jackson indicated Friday that the Browns organization is prepared to move on without Gordon, at least for now, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "I think what's best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,'' Jackson noted in reference to Gordon, who has elected to enter an in-patient rehab facility rather than return to action once his NFL-mandated suspension is set to elapse after Week 4. "He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we're moving forward. We're going to move on."
While the team has not closed the door completely on the wideout potentially resuming his career with the Browns down the road, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal puts forth the plausible notion that the talented but often-suspended Gordon "isn't expected to play for the Browns ever again." Terrelle Pryor and Andrew Hawkins are currently listed as the team's starting wideouts, with Corey Coleman sidelined by a hand injury, with Pryor -- who had a breakout game in Week 3 -- now in line to continue to serve as the team's top option at the position, at least until Coleman returns.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 9 months ago
Gordon, who remains suspended by the NFL through Week 4 for violations of the league's substance abuse policies, released a statement Thursday relaying his decision to "enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," ESPN.com reports. "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," Gordon said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown noted in a statement of his own, that Gordon's "singular focus must be on his own health. We want nothing more than for Josh to be successful personally and professionally and will not comment on his status with the organization at this time." The wideout's return to the playing field is thus on hold, with no timetable outlined for when he might rejoin the Browns. Heading in Week 4, Terrelle Pryor and Andrew Hawkins are listed as the team's starting wideouts, with Corey Coleman sidelined by a hand injury. Gordon's continued absence, coupled with Coleman's injury, extends the window in which Pryor profiles as the team's top option at the position.
SUSJosh Gordon WR FA 10 months ago
Gordon (suspension) nabbed three of his six targets for 29 yards during Thursday's preseason game versus the Bears.
Gordon, who looked liked his former self throughout the preseason, will have to wait until Week 5 against New England before he's allowed back on the field. He worked with the second team Thursday in order to get some final reps in before his suspension kicks in on Saturday. If he can keep up his rapport with Robert Griffin when he gets back, he'll be a welcome addition to a receiving corp that's already flush with talent.