On Monday, the Seahawks announced they’d activated Josh Gordon from the suspended list. Pete Carroll shared that he expected Gordon to contribute immediately, starting this Sunday in Week 16 against the Rams.
Now 24 hours later, it has been reported that the embattled wide receiver has had a setback in his battle with substance abuse and will no longer be allowed to practice or play indefinitely. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times initially reported that Gordon had not satisfied all the terms of his conditional reinstatement. He is still able to attend meetings and workouts, but that’s it.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero added that this is a new issue that stems from substance abuse.
The major takeaway is that this is a shame for Gordon, who is still just 29 years old and was on the eve of restarting his NFL career with his first practice with the Seahawks. The details of Gordon’s alleged setback are unknown, and so the fact that he’s still able to be in Seattle’s team facility might indicate that it’s not gravely serious.
But this is a setback nonetheless, and there’s no telling how much jeopardy Gordon’s NFL career is in at this point. This goes beyond football, though, as the primary hope is that Gordon is able to get a handle on his issues with substance abuse.
From the Seahawks standpoint, they’ll be missing out on a player who could have helped them down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs. David Moore will continue to be the team’s undisputed No. 3 receiver with Freddie Swain maintaining a role as the No. 4 guy. Penny Hart cleared waivers after being cut to make space for Gordon. It's possible Seattle re-signs him now.
Carroll is scheduled to speak to the media on Wednesday. We should learn more about Gordon’s situation at that point.