By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis. Many thought his last suspension would be permanent, but Commisioner Roger Goodell released the following statement today, stating they were giving him another chance to turn his troubled career around.
“Commissioner ROGER GOODELL notified JOSH GORDON of the New England Patriots that he will be reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.
Effective Sunday, Gordon may rejoin the Patriots to attend meetings and engage in conditioning work and individual workouts.
Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities including practice. Because he will not have had sufficient conditioning and practice time, however, he may attend but may not play in the Patriots’ Thursday, August 22 game.
“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally,” said Goodell. “Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”
Gordon had been suspended indefinitely since December of 2018 for violations of the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. “
Gordon has had a difficult relationship with the NFL. The 2012 2nd round pick (Cleveland Browns) only played a total of 11 games between the 2014 – 2018 seasons. He was traded to the New England Patriots in 2018 after he was conditionally reinstated in November of 2017. He played well for the Patriots, snagging 3 touchdowns and 720 yards, before he was suspended again in December of 2018.
The Patriots have been hoping he would be able to return, being a huge target for quarterback Tom Brady. Gordon should be eligible to play in the final preseason game.
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