With less than a month to go before the NFL season begins, the Cleveland Browns are preparing themselves for another year to get better and grow as a productive football team. And as it has been for the last three seasons, one player will not be available to help the team.
If you couldn’t guess who that player was, it’s none other than troubled Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon, who has all the makings of a top wide out in the NFL, has struggled to find the field in his career so far. In fact, Gordon has only played in 35 games in his five years in the league. To make it worse, the Baylor product has only managed to play five games since 2014 due to running into problems with the NFL’s substance abuse policy. It’s very upsetting that Gordon can’t seem to find his way onto the gridiron, as he showed flashes of greatness in his second season with 1,646 receiving yards on 87 receptions for 9 touchdowns on the year in 2013. That year, he also missed time due to suspension, playing in only 14 games.
Last year, Gordon was reinstated by the league and was forced to miss four regular season games before being allowed to compete again. the week of his return, Gordon checked himself into a rehab facility, stopping any return he had hopes for. Gordon now looks for mercy from the league, as he once again needs them to reinstate him.
With all of that time off due to being in trouble with the league’s drug policy, you can only guess what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has to say on possibly reinstating Gordon.
“That’s not under active consideration to my knowledge.” Goodell stated during a fan forum at the Browns training camp facilities in Berea. “That’s not something I handle on a daily basis. He has entered into the program. He has, obviously, confidentiality and privacy issues that we always respect. But when a decision is made on his reinstatement one way or the other, we make that clear to the clubs and, obviously, publicly.”
Gordon was denied reinstatement back on May 11th and can reapply in September.