NEW YORK: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated to the NFL after meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell about his indefinite drug ban.
The National Football League said Tuesday that Gordon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 regular season but will be eligible to return to the team on Monday, October 3.
“With the league’s decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp,” Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement.
“At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and a plan to support him on and off the field.”
Gordon, 25, was suspended for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and the entire 2015 season for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
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.
In 2013, Gordon led the league with 1,646 receiving yards despite playing in only 14 of 16 games.