Josh Gordon awaits decision on ‘overdue’ reinstatement


Russell Wilson has put the league on notice.

He’s on his way to breaking the NFL’s single-season passing touchdown record and he’s burning defenses while scooping up NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. Heck, Wilson’s even calling his own plays when the team’s communication technology broke down.

Yes, he’s that good, and without all of his offensive weapons, as Seahawks safety Jamal Adams reminded us.

While wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is on Injured Reserve mending a foot injury, Josh Gordon is still awaiting word from the NFL whether he will be reinstated.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL’s decision on Gordon’s reinstatement is now overdue, per the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Schefter says the league is supposed to make a decision within 60 days of the application for reinstatement, which Gordon submitted in June.

The 29-year-old was handed an indefinite suspension by the league in December for violations of the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. Per ESPN Stats & Info, it was Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season and fifth for some form of substance abuse.

Gordon’s lawyer revealed over the offseason that he relapsed following the death of his brother.

Prior to his recent suspension, the former All-Pro receiver caught seven passes for 139 yards in five games from Wilson in 2019. Seattle picked Gordon up off waivers last season after New England waived the eight-year veteran.


Without Gordon or Dorsett, the Seahawks are reasonably deep at the position, with Russell Wilson hitting nine different targets in Seattle’s first four games. Could Gordon be next?

The Seahawks and Gordon await a decision from Commissioner Roger Goodell. Hopefully, it will arrive in the coming days.