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NFL Denies Josh Gordon’s Petition For Reinstatement

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the NFL has denied Browns WR Josh Gordon‘s petition for reinstatement from his indefinite suspension.

  • Gordon can apply for reinstatement on August 1, according to Albert Breer.

Reports have said that the NFL could wait two-three months and see if Gordon can remain clean without any further issues before re-considering reinstating him to the league.


Yesterday, news broke that Gordon’s reinstatement was being hung up, due to a diluted drug test. Gordon’s test was administered last month with both testing positive for marijuana and both were dilute.

Gordon applied for reinstatement back in February, and the expectation was that the league would have a decision regarding him returning to the league within 60 days. However, another failed test made it highly unlikely that he would be reinstated to the league.

Gordon, 24, would have had just one more year remaining on his four-year, $5.342 million rookie contract that$3.8 million included guaranteed.

However, Gordon’s suspension will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. Ian Rapoport mentioned a while back that Gordon’s suspension will keep be under contract through the 2016 season before becoming a restricted free agent in 2017.

In 2014, Gordon appeared in five games and caught 24 passes for 303 yards receiving, but didn’t score a touchdown.

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