After being conditionally reinstated by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell in early December, Josh Gordon is officially back with the Seattle Seahawks.
In a post on Twitter Wednesday, Gordon shared that he has cleared COVID-19 testing and joined his team at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time in 2020.
“1ST day out,” Gordon tweeted. “I’m excited as hell to be back amongst the family like this, you have no idea. Can’t wait to contribute. #Seahawks #thankful.”
While Flash is permitted to take part in meetings, individual workouts and strength and conditioning, he will not be permitted to practice, travel with the team or attend games until Dec. 21, following Seattle’s Week 15 game. He can begin practicing and is eligible to play in games starting with Seattle's Week 16 game against the Rams.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said last Thursday that he couldn’t wait to have the “unbelievable pro,” back with the team.
“I mean just the way he worked,” Schottenheimer said. “He was awesome to have around...
It’s been quite the rollercoaster leading up to Gordon’s reinstatement and eventual return. After being claimed off waivers by the Seahawks last season, the 29-year-old appeared in just five games for Seattle before he was suspended indefinitely for the sixth time in his NFL career for violating the NFL's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.
After almost a year-long ban, the former All-Pro wideout will be added to a talented wide receiver corps led by DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Gordon will likely be Seattle’s third or fourth option at wide receiver with David Moore, Freddie Swain and Penny Hart also in the mix.
After making seven catches for 139 yards with the Seahawks last season, Schottenheimer is optimistic that Wilson’s connection with Gordon will spark much sooner than last year.
"When you've got a lot of different players and different spots that the ball could go, you can't always predetermine where the ball is gonna go," Schottenheimer said. "But he made some big-time catches for us on third down, some big plays for us. ... I think that it starts with just the timing and the training and him getting with Russ, and I think this year, we'll be farther ahead because they've actually worked together.
"So, I think you can see him get involved hopefully even faster than he did last year."