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NFL has no update regarding Patriots WR Josh Gordon’s potential reinstatement

Josh Gordon

The NFL has no update regarding the reinstatement of New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon.

According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe (via Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper), there has been no timeline for the review of Gordon’s suspension and potential reinstatement.

Video of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throwing with wide receiver Josh Gordon on Wednesday served as a reminder that Gordon’s rights remain with New England and that there have been reports indicating he could return to the team this season.

There’s been no word of any reinstatement application at this point and the league had little to say on the matter Wednesday.

Gordon was suspended indefinitely last December and Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com asked an NFL spokesperson if there was a timeline for a review of that suspension. Howe reports that the response was that the league has no update to provide regarding Gordon’s status.


The NFL suspended Gordon indefinitely on December 20 “for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy,” per NFL.com’s Kevin Patra. That same month, Gordon announced he was putting his playing career on hold to focus on his mental health.

Gordon has a lengthy history of mental health and substance abuse issues. The NFL suspended him for 10 games in 2014 for violating its substance abuse policy. Back then, Gordon played for the Cleveland Browns. The league then suspended him for the entire 2015 NFL season for substance-related issues.

The NFL reinstated Gordon in July 2016. However, he entered an in-patient rehabilitation facility two month later and consequently missed the entire 2016 NFL season. The league approved Gordon’s conditional reinstatement in November 2017.

Three months ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the priority is for Gordon to do “what he needs to do to get his life on track,” per Alper.

Will Josh Gordon play another down in the NFL? That’s a big question mark at this point. If he can’t get it together, he will go down as one of the biggest wastes of talent in recent football history.