Gordon (suspension) expects 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. Gordon ultimately entered an inpatient 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 regardless, 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 willing to give him a shot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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