Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon showed promise coming out of Baylor and was regarded as one of the most talented players in his position. Troubles with drugs got him suspended from the league but he has been given a chance to return to the NFL on a conditional basis and rejoins his team with expectations sure to be weighty.
“Effective immediately, Gordon may join the Browns to attend meetings, engage in conditioning work and individual workouts,” the league stated in a release. “Subject to compliance with clinical and other requirements, he will be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list and be permitted to practice with the team beginning on Monday, November 20. Beginning Monday, November 27, Gordon will be eligible at the team’s discretion to return to active status or to remain on the Commissioner’s Exempt list for an additional week before returning to active status.”
The Browns, who have been part of every step of Gordon’s tumultuous career, will offer Gordon an opportunity to contribute, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
“We’ve been informed of the league’s decision to reinstate Josh,” Brown said in a statement obtained by Rapoport. “The personal well-being of all our players is of the utmost importance to us. We respect and commend Josh for taking the steps necessary to have the opportunity to return to the league. Josh will be in our building in the coming days and we look forward to having him back and sitting with him to discuss his future on our team.”
Reactions on Twitter have mostly been supportive of Brown’s return to the game. We’ve collected some of those responses below and on the following pages.
— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2017
Hey, Josh Gordon. pic.twitter.com/oPUeQeAy6O
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 1, 2017
Roger Goodell, on reinstating Josh Gordon: “Playing for the Browns is a harsher punishment than not playing at all, so I’m all for it.”
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) November 1, 2017
Commissioner Roger Goodell notified #Browns WR Josh Gordon today that he will be reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis. He’s back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2017
Josh Gordon hasn’t played football in 3 years and still has more receiving yards in his career than Mohamed Sanu. Both rookies in 2012.
— Ethan Young (@NFLDrafter) November 1, 2017
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 1, 2017
And apparently Chad Ochocinco knew something we didn’t.
Josh Gordon reinstatement is near, young boul will be back on top as an elite receiver in no time‼️
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) October 31, 2017