Josh Gordon will likely return to the NFL this season, but reports say Cleveland Browns star will still have to wait before he can take the field.
Gordon was suspended the entire 2014 season for violating the NFL’s drug policies, but league sources say his sentence will be reduced to eight games when a revision in allowable drug limits goes into place.
The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot explains the details.
“One league source said Gordon will likely be re-instated for about half the season because his positive test occurred in 2013, as early as January, the source said. But he’d be rolled into the new agreement because his suspension didn’t start until after the new league year began March 11.”
If the numbers are correct, that means Josh Gordon could be back in time for the Week 10 contest against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Cleveland Browns appear more than ready for Gordon’s return. The team’s offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told ESPN that the team could work him into offensive plans immediately after he would be reinstated.
“If Josh is able to play this week, I’d like to get him out there,” Shanahan said Thursday. “I think he would help.”
If Las Vegas odds makers are any indication, then Josh Gordon will definitely play during the 2014 season. A prop bet on whether he will play this season is paying off “yes” at a paltry 1/5, while “no” is something of a long shot at 3/1.
A new drug policy could be pushed through as early as this weekend. The NFL Players Association has been pushing for drug limits more in line with the NBA and MLB. The NFL currently has the strictest limits on marijuana.
NFLPA Player Representatives have been asked to set aside time tomorrow to review and potentially vote on new drug policies.
— George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah) September 12, 2014
While he awaits word of his NFL suspension, Josh Gordon has been spending his time working at a car dealership.
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