NEW YORK: Suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon has met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week seeking reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban, according to a report on the league website.
A decision on Gordon’s status is unlikely to come before the season starts in September, according to the report.
Gordon applied for reinstatement last April but was denied for allegedly failing an NFL-administered drug test. Multiple reports said the A and B samples were positive for marijuana but diluted, meaning Gordon might have tried to cover up the results.
Gordon, who can reapply to the league for reinstatement on August 1, was suspended for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and the entire 2015 season.
In 2013, Gordon led the league ith 1,646 receiving yards despite playing in only 14 of 16 games.
When he plays, the 25-year-old has been one of the bright spots for a Browns team that has endured eight consecutive losing seasons. Their 3-13 mark last year was the team’s worst since 1999.