Josh Gordon’s return to the field for Seattle Seahawks in limbo as league finds WR failed to meet reinstatement conditions, source says


Josh Gordon’s return to the field is on hold due to the NFL’s determination that the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver has not met all of the conditions for his conditional reinstatement, a source confirmed to ESPN.

It is unclear which terms Gordon did not satisfy.

The source said Gordon and the Seahawks were made aware of the issue on Tuesday, a day before he began training. The Seahawks added Gordon to their 53-man roster on Monday. Coach Pete Carroll said the same day that Gordon got the chance to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

This was the first week in which Gordon was eligible to train and play games, provided he complies with the terms of his conditional reinstatement on December 3. . He is still allowed to do so even with Tuesday’s developments, according to the source.

The Seattle Times first reported that Gordon’s return was on hold because he had not met the conditions for his conditional reinstatement.

The NFL transaction thread notes that Gordon was put back on the commissioner’s exemption list on Tuesday, a day after he was taken off.

Gordon was cleared to return to Seahawks headquarters on December 9 after completing his COVID-19 tests. He tweeted that day that he was “as excited as hell to be back in the family like this”.

With the Seahawks under the impression that Gordon was eligible to train and play this week, Carroll said on Monday he wanted to see how Gordon, 29, will fare in his first practices in a year.

“We’ve got to get him out on the training ground and see what he looks like and everything,” Carroll said. “He worked really hard. I have been able to watch his workouts on video several times here to see that he is really in good shape. He’s really big and strong too. So we’re happy to see how he’s doing. . We’re planning the week like he has a chance to contribute, so we’ll see. We’ll keep some good hope and some thinking and see where it stands. ”

Gordon was suspended indefinitely last December for violating league policies on performance-enhancing and substance abuse. This was Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season and his fifth for some form of drug addiction, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Gordon’s attorney, Adam Kenner, confirmed to ESPN in June that Gordon’s latest suspension was the result of a setback he experienced after his brother’s death last fall. Gordon posted on social media on November 11, 2019, the day he made his Seahawks debut, about the loss of his older brother.


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