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.
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.
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.
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 put his playing career on hold and enter an in-patient rehab facility in October while he was in the midst of his four-game suspension to open the 2016 season. 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 a member of the Browns, but all indications are that the organization plans to move on from the troubled receiver.
|P3||8/26/17||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
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