Josh Gordon isn't expected to play this season following a mid-April report of another failed drug test. That makes three since 2013, making it harder for him to play pro football again anytime soon. Until it becomes clear he will play, Fantasy owners shouldn't bother spending a draft pick on him.
Gordon, who has been suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy since Feb. 3, 2015, is eligible to re-apply for reinstatement on Aug. 1, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. As part of the process toward the wideout's potential reinstatement, Gordon met in person with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Wednesday. While having a chance to meet with Goodell face-to-face would appear to represent a step in the right direction, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that he gets the sense that "nothing is imminent on (Gordon's) return." Meanwhile, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that the recent meeting doesn't "necessarily mean (Gordon will) get the green light shortly after Aug. 1." At this stage, the wideout's 2016 availability remains murky, with no concrete change in his status possible until after he applies for reinstatement. Ideally, from a fantasy perspective, some sort of timetable for a decision on that front will emerge sooner rather than later, though ESPN's Dan Graziano speculates that a call on Gordon's status may not be likely before the start of the coming season.
The Browns may still have interest in retaining Gordon if he is eventually reinstated from his league suspension, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Previously suspended by the NFL for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and then the entire 2015 season, Gordon was denied reinstatement in April amidst reports of a failed drug test due to a diluted sample that also contained traces of marijuana. His repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy might make it a tough sell when he's eligible to apply for reinstatement again on Aug. 1, but Gordon does at least have a few factors working in his favor, namely that his latest failed drug test actually came up short of the league's required threshold for a marijuana sample. He's also passed dozens of drug tests since entering the league, and he hasn't had any reported legal issues since entering rehab in the aftermath of a July 2014 DWI. Although the Browns have made it clear they aren't banking on Gordon's presence for 2016, the franchise's new regime might be willing to give him a shot if the NFL signs off on it. Even if things eventually work out in his favor, Gordon could miss games at the beginning of the season, as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell often takes weeks (or even months) to decide such matters. In the meantime, Gordon still can't participate in team activities.
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. 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.
ESPN.com relays that Gordon reportedly failed a drug test last month. 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.
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. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/09||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|8||10/30||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|12||11/27||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|16||12/24||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|3 Year Avg||69||37||650||3||27||17.57||85|