As first reported by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Josh Gordon’s petition for reinstatement has been denied by the NFL.
#Browns Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement has been denied, but he can reapply in the Fall, per league source
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 11, 2017
The news comes roughly three weeks after Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant and Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington were reinstated by the league.
Gordon can re-apply in the fall, but according to Cabot, Gordon’s future with the Browns is “unclear.”
A source told cleveland.com in March that they could try to trade him or possibly even release him. They have his rights for two more years after he’s reinstated.
-Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com
We’ll see how it plays out, but one thing is for sure: the Browns have not been counting on Gordon’s return in any way, shape or form in the process of building the team from the ground up.