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No reinstatement application from Josh Gordon, yet

Josh Gordon

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) runs with the ball in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. A person familiar with Gordon’s situation says the suspended wide receiver wants to play in the Canadian Football League, but is prohibited from doing so. Under CFL rules, a player suspended by the NFL and under contract is not eligible to play in Canada. But if the Browns released Gordon, he would be able to play elsewhere. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)


Browns receive Josh Gordon ended a 90-day rehab stint last month. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement to the NFL. Per a league source, that hasn’t happened yet.

Gordon hasn’t filed yet even though former Olympian Tim Montgomery, who has been assisting Gordon, has said, “He’s coming. . . I think he’s going to be there this season.”

Even if Gordon files this week, the league has no deadline or timetable for resolving a reinstatement request. And since Gordon currently doesn’t have an agent to help Gordon through the process of filing his petition, the application may not move as quickly as it otherwise would.

Gordon, a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, last played in 2014, appearing in five games and catching 24 passes for 303 yards. In 2013, Gordon generated 1,646 receiving yards in 14 games.

It’s a shame that his talent has been wasted, both by his inability to comply with the league’s rules regarding off-field substance use and abuse -- and by the league’s insistence to police the private lives of employees for things completely unrelated to their unemployment.