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Seahawks' Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely for violating multiple NFL policies

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Seahawks' Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely for violating multiple NFL policies

Josh Gordon's football career has taken another turn for the worst.

The Seattle Seahawks announced Monday that the NFL has suspended the wide receiver indefinitely without pay for violating the league's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.

The league has suspended Gordon several times since his 2012 rookie season, including five different times for substance abuse, so it's fair to wonder if the talented wideout has played his final NFL game.

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Gordon's most recent suspension before Monday's news came in December of 2018 when he was a member of the New England Patriots. Gordon was reinstated in August and played for the Patriots until October, when the team waived him as he recovered from an injury.

The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers, and he appeared in five games for them. The 28-year-old veteran tallied seven receptions for 139 yards and zero touchdowns in Seattle's offense.

The Seahawks will enter Week 16 as the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff race, and losing Gordon is not an insignificant blow to their roster with the playoffs approaching.

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Ex-Patriot Josh Gordon is in a league of his own after Seahawks debut

Ex-Patriot Josh Gordon is in a league of his own after Seahawks debut

To say Josh Gordon landed on his feet may be an understatement.

The New England Patriots released Gordon on Oct. 31 after his stint on injured reserve, and it was initially unclear if anyone would take a chance on the talented but troubled wide receiver.

But the Seahawks came calling the following day, and after watching their Week 9 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from afar, Gordon found himself on the field Monday night for Seattle's showdown with the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers.

Gordon wasn't just a decoy, either: After staying quiet for most of the night, the former Patriot caught a pair of slant passes from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter and overtime, both of which went for first downs.

The Seahawks won 27-24 to hand the Niners their first loss of the season. Which means...

The Patriots went 8-0 with Gordon on their roster before losing to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 3 -- three days after cutting ties with Gordon.

Seattle, meanwhile, is 2-0 since claiming Gordon, which means the 28-year-old is a 10-0 good luck charm this season.

(A clarifying note: Gordon is the only player on an NFL roster who is undefeated. Ex-Patriots wideout Antonio Brown is technically 1-0, for example, but he's unemployed at the moment.)

The Seahawks have a brutal stretch coming up -- at Philadelphia, vs. Minnesota, at Los Angeles Rams, at Carolina -- so Gordon's undefeated streak may be put to the test.

As for his former team: The Patriots now are tied with the Niners for the NFL's best record thanks in part to Gordon's efforts.

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Here's the first look at ex-Patriots WR Josh Gordon in Seahawks jersey

Here's the first look at ex-Patriots WR Josh Gordon in Seahawks jersey

The next chapter of Josh Gordon's career is underway.

The veteran wide receiver was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks last week after he was released by the New England Patriots. Gordon spent a little more than a season with the Patriots and played well, but staying healthy enough to be on the field wasn't always easy.

Gordon took the field with the Seahawks for the first time Thursday at practice. Here's a look at Gordon in Seattle colors:

Gordon tallied 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games for the Patriots this season.

His ability to serve as a deep threat and make tough contested catches in traffic should be a huge help to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is the betting favorite for NFL MVP with 22 touchdowns and only one interception entering Week 10.

Gordon could make his Seattle debut Monday night when the Seahawks battle the undefeated San Francisco 49ers in a matchup featuring the two-best teams in the NFC.

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