Report: Josh Gordon Completes Treatment Program; NFLPA Recommends Reinstatement

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2021

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) sets up against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Frequently suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied to the NFL for reinstatement, a person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press, Thursday, June 18, 2020. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL does not publicly announce such moves.  (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
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Josh Gordon has taken a step forward in his path to potentially returning to the NFL.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Gordon has successfully completed his NFL-monitored treatment program. As a result, the NFL Players Association has recommended the wideout be reinstated from his indefinite suspension.

Gordon, who is reportedly "ready to play," must now await for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to make a ruling on his status.

The development comes after Schefter reported July 2 that Gordon submitted a letter of reinstatement to Goodell with the hope of being signed by a team for training camp. 

Gordon has been suspended six different times by the NFL over the course of his career dating back to 2012 for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. 

After signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks in September 2020, the NFL reinstated Gordon on a conditional basis for the final two weeks of the regular season.

The 30-year-old was added to the Seahawks' active roster on Dec. 21, but the following day it was reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that he would be out indefinitely after violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement. 

On Jan. 15, the NFL announced that Gordon had been indefinitely suspended again. 

Gordon most recently played in the league for the Seahawks during the 2019 season. He caught 27 passes for 426 yards and one touchdown in 11 games between the Seahawks and New England Patriots two years ago. 

A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon had his most successful run in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. The Baylor alum led the league with 1,646 yards in 2013. He was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro first team that season. 

The Houston native played in the Fan Controlled Football league this year.