It appears that Josh Gordon will remain suspended to begin the 2020 NFL Season longer than some may have anticipated.
The former-Cleveland Brown was suspended last December for violating the NFL policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse, his fifth suspension in eight NFL seasons.
But, his tantalizing talent makes him worthy of a roster spot once the NFL relieves Gordon's suspension. When will that be exactly?
Not this week.
Seattle re-signed Gordon earlier this month on the onset of the NFL season so there was speculation that his suspension would be lifted sooner than later. Ian Rapoport reported that Gordon was given a one-year deal with "some upside" to get him over $1 million in 2020.
According to Tom Pelissero, Gordon officially applied to be reinstated into the NFL on June 18 with his attorney citing a lapse because of the death of Gordon's brother for the current suspension.
"Josh had a lapse because of his brother’s death. But since that time, he has realized how important it is for him to take the right steps, do what’s proper and understand how to manage these issues," said Gordon's attorney Adam Kenner. "He’s installed the right team around him to make sure he’s on the right path. He understands he’s been given every chance. He looks forward to making the most of this."
Gordon, still just 29, caught seven passes for 139 yards in five games with the Seahawks in 2019. Seattle picked him off waivers last season following New England waiving the eight-year veteran.
Gordon has struggled with staying on the field due to drug-related suspensions but his 2013 campaign, when he caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns with Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden as his quarterbacks, keeps teams giving him a chance to stay on the field.
If Gordon can return to the field and find a sliver of the production from 2013, Russell Wilson will have one of the best wide receiver corps in the NFL with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf lining up on the outside, as well.
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