Josh Gordon to Start for Browns vs. Chargers in Return from Suspension

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 30, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears in Cleveland. Revealing he was “scared for my life,” suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL. Gordon, who was indefinitely suspended by the league before the 2015 season following another violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, detailed his life-long drug abuse, the depths of his addiction and determination to turn his life around in a video released Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017,  on “Uninterrupted,” a media platform for athletes produced by NBA star LeBron James. (AP Photo/David Richard,  File)
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When Josh Gordon returns to the field for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the star wide receiver will be in the starting lineup. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced Thursday that Gordon will start against the Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday will be Gordon's first appearance in an NFL game since Dec. 21, 2014, when he had four receptions for 45 yards against the Carolina Panthers

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The 26-year-old was conditionally reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 1.

He was able to begin practicing with the Browns on Nov. 20 and is eligible to be activated to the roster, but Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported the team would likely wait until the end of the week before making the move official. 

Gordon is expected to provide a huge boost to the Browns offense as they seek their first win this season. During his last full season, in 2013, he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 14 games. 

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