CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon has not applied for reinstatement to the NFL according to a report by ProFootballTalk.com.
Gordon, who was released from rehab last month but hasn’t played a game since 2014, was eligible to apply for reinstatement in late September.
The NFL does not have a set timetable on the reinstatement application review process.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that Gordon had sought treatment again during a question and answer forum with Browns fans on Aug. 17.
“He has entered into the program,” Goodell said. “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.”
The current Browns regime has wavered back and forth in their support of Gordon, who led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2013 with 1,646 yards in 14 games that saw him named to the Pro Bowl.
Last fall head coach Hue Jackson used the phrase “time to move on” when Gordon left the team and had his indefinite suspension reinstated. This spring executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown softened the team’s stance and last week was supportive of Gordon’s rehabilitation when following up the commissioners comments with his own.
“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,” Brown said last week, “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.”
Gordon’s most recent application for reinstatement was denied in March and he has missed 47 of the last 52 regular season games due to suspension and he hasn’t played a full season for the Browns since his 2012 rookie season due to multiple 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 2016 but he checked himself into rehab amid rumors of another failed test.
Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Gordon’s contract tolls during the suspension meaning that the Browns have 1 year of control worth $1.068 million remaining before he’s eligible to be a restricted free agent.