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 Josh 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, 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
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
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 once the league has the necessary information to render a decision. Given that unclear timeframe, and the fact that Gordon has been suspended for 27 of the
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