The suspension was Gordon's fifth since entering the NFL in 2012. Prior to the news of his latest ban being announced, Gordon posted on his personal Twitter account that he intended to take some time away from football to tend to his mental health. If Gordon intends to apply for reinstatement, Rapoport notes that the wideout would need to prove to the NFL that he's "clean for a sustained period of time" before being deemed eligible to play. Rapoport added that while it's "possible" Gordon could be reinstated prior to the 2019 season, that doesn't seem especially likely in light of his status as a repeat offender of the NFL's drug policy.
The NFL announced Thursday that Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list on a indefinite basis after violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The suspension was foreshadowed earlier Thursday, when Gordon released a statement on his personal Twitter account suggesting he would take time away from football to address his mental health. It's the fifth ban that Gordon has faced since entering the league in 2012 and could effectively spell an end to his playing career. Before a return to the NFL is even entertained, Gordon will turn his focus to getting his personal affairs in order.
Gordon (personal) is facing an indefinite suspension for a violation of his reinstatement under the league's substance abuse policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Gordon announced early Thursday morning that he would be stepping away from the Patriots for "a bit" to attend to his mental health. The timetable for a return was vague, but if another suspension is announced by the league, it could mean the end of his career in the NFL. Gordon has an extensive history of substance abuse policy violations and ensuing suspensions, which made him a risky acquisition by New England from the beginning. While Gordon focuses on his well-being, the Patriots will look to snap a two-game losing streak without their leading receiver in a home matchup against Buffalo. Julian Edelman should lead the way among the team's receivers, with potential for added looks going to Chris Hogan, Gordon and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Gordon released a statement Thursday via his personal Twitter account indicating he will be taking some time away from football to tend to his mental health.
Gordon did not disclose the length of his prospective absence, merely stating that "I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health." The former All-Pro wideout had experienced a bit of a resurgence in New England, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns through his first 11 games with the organization. Gordon has an extensive history of mental health and substance abuse issues that led to a two-plus year absence from football earlier in his career, and he will now step away again to address any current concerns head-on. While football isn't the most important aspect to consider in this situation, the Patriots will now host Buffalo on Sunday with Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan atop the wide receiver depth chart.
After several weeks of solid-to-excellent production, Gordon's numbers sunk to their lowest point since he joined the Patriots in late September. The 27-year-old reception, receiving yardage and target totals were all season worsts, as Gordon came up small at a critical time of season for fantasy owners. His quest to bounce back in Week 16 won't exactly be easy, considering he'll face a stingy Bills secondary.
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