However, if both players continue with their treatment plans, Pelissero expects the NFLPA to lay the groundwork for starting the reinstatement process at some point in May.
Pelissero adds that Gordon and Bryant could be back by training camp, depending on how things go over the next few months.
Regarding Gordon, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media recently reported that he’s doing better while in a rehab facility in Florida and there’s potentially a chance that Gordon could be reinstated by the NFL and return for the start of training camp this summer.
Gordon initially announced that he was stepping away to focus on his mental health before reports later surfaced that he was being suspended for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy and NFL later confirmed the news.
Gordon, 27, is a former second-round supplemental pick of the Browns back in 2012. Suspensions forced Gordon to sit out the 2015 and 2016 seasons but he was reinstated in November of last year and finished out the seasons with the Browns.
The Browns re-signed Gordon to a one-year exclusive rights contract worth $790,000 but was traded to the Patriots for a 2019 fifth-round pick.
In 2018, Gordon appeared in 12 games for the Patriots and caught 41 passes for 737 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
Bryant, 26, was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $2.7 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $705,000 for the 2018 season.
Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and returned to the team coming out of the preseason last year.
The Steelers traded Bryant to the Raiders in return for the No. 79 overall pick of the third round this offseason. The Raiders released him coming out of the preseason only to re-sign him a few weeks into the regular season.
Bryant will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
In 2018, Bryant appeared in eight games for the Raiders and caught 19 passes for 266 yards receiving to go along with 23 rushing yards.