BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not considering reinstating Browns receiver Josh Gordon at this time.
When – or even if – Gordon will play again remains unknown.
Goodell, who spoke at an hour-long question-and-answer session with select Browns fans Thursday, was asked about Gordon’s status with the league.
“I don’t know what the status is, that’s not something I handle on a daily basis,” Goodell said. “He had entered into the program. He has obliviously confidentiality and privacy issues that we always respect but when a decision is made on his reinstatement one way or the other, we make that clear to the clubs, and obviously publicly.
“That’s not under active consideration, to my knowledge, at least [it] hasn’t gotten to my desk yet.”
Earlier in the session a fan pleaded with Goodell to reinstate Gordon, who has not played a down for the Browns since 2015, because “we really need him” to which the commissioner responded with a lighthearted “I got the message.”
Gordon hasn’t played a full season for the Browns since his 2012 rookie season due to multiple suspensions for violations of the league’s drug policies.
Gordon was set to rejoin the Browns last year following a 1-year ban and he spent training camp with the team before serving an additional 4-game suspension at the outset of the 2016 season. As he was set to be reinstated in October he checked himself into rehab amid rumors of another failed test.
Gordon reapplied for reinstatement in March but was denied, and he can do so again in September.
The Browns, who have sounded at times like they’ve had enough of Gordon’s off-the-field problems, remain supportive of the 26-year old former Pro Bowler.
“I think a lot gets focused on Josh the player but we are arm and arm with the league,” Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said, adding to the commissioner’s remarks. “I think the most important thing for Josh is for Josh as a young man to get himself to a point where he gets past some of the issues that have prevented him from being able to participate, and once we get to that stage, those questions will be answered in terms of his return to the field.
“But we care first and foremost in the league about the young man and that’s where the focus will remain until we get to that point.”