The last time that experienced NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon stepped on a football field was in 2019 while playing for Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks outfit. The former Cleveland Browns man was handed an ‘indefinite suspension’ after he was found in violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance abuse policy in December 2019.
This was Gordon’s fifth such suspension. He was previously suspended while playing for the Browns and during his final two years with Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots as well. However, a certain NFL insider revealed that Gordon is set to return to training after getting clearance from league officials.
NFL correspondent Ian Rapoport revealed that Gordon could resume team training with the Seahawks as early as next week. After adhering to the terms of his conditional reinstatement, Josh ‘Flash’ Gordon could feature for Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks before the conclusion of the regular season.
In the past, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has spoken highly of Gordon.
“For me, I have no other choice than to believe that he is going to overcome. Why would you think the other way? I think that, you know, for me and just my faith and all that, I firmly believe that prayer works, like I said. I’m praying for him. I’m rooting that he can overcome.”
“I think this environment has been great for him, to be honest with you. He really, really fit in — in terms of just the everyday part of the process. Since day one he was studying and working and highlighting and doing all the extra work. He had the biggest smile on his face,” Wilson said last December.
Gordon has 4,252 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in 56 starts. He also has one Pro Bowl appearance to his name after his explosive rookie year with the Browns in 2013.
The Seahawks already have some dangerous wide receivers on their roster in the form of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. The addition of Josh Gordon will only make their offensive supporting cast stronger as they aim to make the playoffs.