WR Josh Gordon applies for NFL reinstatement

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Former Browns, Patriots and Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement into the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.

Per the report, the 30-year-old is hopeful to be signed by a team before training camps begin in late July:

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In January, Gordon, who has repeatedly violated the league’s substance abuse policy, was suspended indefinitely for a second time by the NFL. In total, Gordon has been suspended six times.

Prior to his latest suspension, Gordon had practiced with the Seahawks in 2020 but then his reinstatement was rescinded only days later that December. Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Gordon had a “setback” in his recovery from substance abuse.

In 2013, Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards and was named a first-team All-Pro. He was originally picked in the second round of the supplemental draft by the Browns in 2012. Gordon was eventually traded to the Patriots in September 2018 from the Browns for a conditional seventh-round pick after his suspension troubles began.

The initial report did not indicate whether or not any teams are currently interested in adding Gordon. In March, Gordon took to his social media account on Twitter and said he had requested to be released by the Seahawks, so that might be one team off the table.


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