Report: Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to Pro Football Talk, free agent wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement into the NFL. He was suspended last season.

Gordon — who has had trouble with marijuana suspensions — will likely receive another opportunity to play in the NFL again in 2020. This off-season, the league took a softer stance on marijuana.

Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon runs a route against the Carolina Panthers
Josh Gordon runs a route against the Carolina Panthers (Photo by the Associated Press/Brian Blanco)

As a result, players will not be suspended for a marijuana failed test, like previously. Sometimes, like in Gordon’s previous suspension, he missed several years due to the marijuana suspension.

The NFL Network was the first to report the news. The league office does not announce when a player has applied for reinstatement.

In his career, Gordon has been suspended eight times either by the team he played for, or the league office. Six of the suspensions have come from the 2013 season.

He briefly played for the Seattle Seahawks last season before being suspended indefinitely by the league. In 2018, he was also suspended indefinitely, as a member of the New England Patriots during the end of the season.

During his playing career, Gordon has played for the Cleveland Browns besides the Patriots and the Seahawks. In total, he has played in 63 NFL games.

Gordon has made 56 starts, including seven starts in 2019. He made six starts with the Patriots before starting one game for the Seahawks.

In his career, he has had 247 receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdown receptions. He also has six carries for 89 yards and four additional touchdowns.

The best season of his career came in 2013 with the Browns. This was the only time in his career that he surpassed 1,000 receiving yards, as he had 1,646 yards in 14 games.

Since his return to the NFL in 2017, he has not had more than 737 yards in a season. This came during the 2018 season when he split between the Browns and the Patriots.

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