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Josh Gordon faces bump in road to reinstatement
- Updated: April 11, 2016
Josh Gordon, the prolific wide out for the Cleveland Browns has once again found himself in trouble for violating the NFL’s substance policy. Entering the league through the supplemental draft in 2012, Gordon has a history of substance abuse, having been kicked off the Baylor football team after he was both found to possess marijuana, and later failed a drug test for the same thing. Entering the NFL in 2012, Gordon showed great promise as a rookie, before going on to lead the league in receiving yards with 1,646 in 2013. He was also selected to his first pro-bowl, and received his first All-Pro nod, alongside Calvin Johnson. That summer however, Gordon’s substance abuse problems resurfaced, and he was arrested for driving while impaired on July 5th, 2014.
Because of his suspension, Gordon only played 5 games in he 2014 season, and amassed a lowly 303 yards. After failing an alcohol test, Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the league, and he missed all of the 2015 season. On January 23rd, 2016 Gordon applied for reinstatement to the NFL, and the process seemed to be going well. However, Ian Rapoport broke the news that Josh Gordon had failed another drug test, this time for marijuana. While this doesn’t totally rule out Gordon from being reinstated, it does add another problem to a long history of not being able to follow league rules. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to rule of Gordon’s current reinstatement request according to Mike Garafolo, and it isn’t yet known what decision will be made.
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