For the first time in nearly a year, Josh Gordon is behind the doors of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington with his Seattle Seahawks teammates, coaches and staff.
The Seahawks wide receiver was conditionally reinstated by the NFL less than one week ago and after undergoing COVID-19 testing on Friday, he’s received enough negative tests to rejoin the team.
Gordon isn’t eligible to take the field until Week 16 vs. the Los Angeles Rams, nor is he able to start practicing with the team until Dec. 21. In the meantime, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says Gordon is getting re-acclimated to his environment and will take part in meetings, individual workouts, and strength and conditioning.
"We'll be working him with our trainers, and he'll be getting in shape and all that," Carroll said. "What I've talked to Josh about is it's really important that he really busts it right now so that when he does get out, there's not a lag time of him adapting. He's got to get it done now. There's just not that much time left. So, he's going to work really hard with our guys to make sure he's running full speed, top speed as long as he can before he ever gets on the field with us so that he can maintain it once we get going.
Gordon didn’t hold back his enthusiasm when rejoining his team on Wednesday. The former All-Pro tweeted out that he was “excited as hell to back among a family like this.”
The 29-year-old will return to the Seahawks after a year-long ban from NFL play. Gordon was suspended for a sixth time in Dec. 2019 for violating the NFL's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. He'll join a loaded Seahawks offense that is fourth in the NFL with 29.3 points per game.