NFL conditionally reinstates Pats' Josh Gordon

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Josh Gordon, on the way to a touchdown for New England against Minnesota on December 2, 2018, has been conditionally reinstated in the wake of his suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy (AFP Photo/Billie Weiss)
Josh Gordon, on the way to a touchdown for New England against Minnesota on December 2, 2018, has been conditionally reinstated in the wake of his suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy (AFP Photo/Billie Weiss)

New York (AFP) - The NFL has conditionally reinstated New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon, who had been suspended indefinitely under the league's substance abuse policy.

"We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement on Friday.

"Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him."

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Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December 2018 for violating the league's substance abuse policy in what was the latest chapter of his struggles.

Gordon led the league in receiving yards in 2013 for his then team, the Cleveland Browns.

But he missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons because of suspensions and the Browns traded him to the Patriots last year.

Gordon had 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Patriots in 2018 but late in the season he said he was leaving the team for mental health reasons.

Reports then surfaced that he had another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy and he was indefinitely suspended -- his fifth suspension by the NFL.

Under the terms of his reinstatement, Gordon can return to the Patriots' training facilities and take part in conditioning work and individual workouts on Sunday.

Subject to "appropriate progress" on clinical care and other arrangements, Gordon will be permitted to participate in team activities including practice.

The receiver may attend but not play in New England's third preseason game on August 22.

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