Josh Gordon -- who was suspended by the NFL for a minimum of a year under the league's substance-abuse policy back on Feb. 3, 2015, -- has applied for reinstatement, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has 60 days in which to make a determination on Gordon's request for reinstatement. In the event that Gordon is reinstated within that time-frame, the talented young wideout would be able to participate in the Cleveland Browns ' offseason program, which opens up in April. Per the report, Gordon "has been doing well" in his time away from the team and is confident that he will be reinstated. In the event that he is, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello notes that Gordon would still "be in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance abuse program and will be subject to indefinite banishment again -- a minimum of a year -- with another positive test." In any case, there should be some degree of clarity with regard to the 24-year-old's prospects of seeing NFL action in 2016 before the Browns next take the field, with Gordon's status of course of import to fantasy owners, given the production and upside that he offers when he is able to play.
Josh Gordon , who is eligible to apply for reinstatement Feb. 3, is doing "outstanding" according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Gordon has missed 27 games between 2014-15, including the entire 2015 season, due to various suspensions. He seems to be progressing well during his offseason workouts, however, and could be ready to contribute again in 2016. This is certainly noteworthy for dynasty owners, as Gordon, at 25 years old, could still be a valuable fantasy asset if he's able to get his act together. The Cleveland Browns have him under contract through the 2016 season.
"He's hanging in there," Drew Rosenhaus said, per Cleveland.com. "He's biding his time. It's a difficult process and it's meant to be difficult obviously. But I've got faith in him and he'll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL in my opinion."
Rosenhaus said that Gordon is doing well, and he is confident that he can remain clean. "It's been about four months and we're just trying to get him through this year,'' Rosenhaus said.
The NFLPA has filed a grievance on Gordon's behalf to receive the game check he would have been paid if not suspended, approximately $48,564. Other than the game check, the suspension prohibited Gordon from playing his game of the season and prevented him from being able to hit unrestricted free agency.
The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance against the
If Gordon, 23, wins the grievance and gets credit for a sixth game in 2014, he'd be eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. If he loses, he wouldn't hit free agency until after the 2017 season.
In February, Gordon was suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He missed the first 10 games of 2014 due to a previous drug suspension. He finished the year with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.
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