Josh Gordon's application denied; agent cut ties weeks ago

Posted May 12, 2017

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement has been denied by the National Football League, but the 2013 Pro Bowl receiver is permitted to reapply for reinstatement this fall, according to USA Today Sports' Tom Pelissero. Although he'll get a chance to apply to be reinstated again in the fall, there's not much time for his situation to change. He was conditionally reinstated previous year with a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season.

The suspension for Josh Gordon continues on. The wide receiver remains suspended indefinitely after failing the league's substance abuse policy multiple times.

Josh Gordon has been his own worst enemy since he entered the National Football League.

Gordon was suspended for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014, all 16 games in 2015 and the first four games in 2016. The Browns, meanwhile, have done everything in their power to keep themselves at arm's length with Gordon, carefully balancing not wanting the distraction with knowing full well that they could use his talent in the event the effort was made to rejoin the league.

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A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been denied reinstatement by the NFL.

When Gordon left the Browns in September, the organization gave every indication it planned to part ways with him.

Coach Hue Jackson said then that Gordon's tenure was over in Cleveland and wished him well even though the Browns still hold his rights for at least one more season.

July 25, 2011 - Gordon is suspended indefinitely from the program by Baylor coach Art Briles for a violation of team rules. "Our decision with Josh is just understanding where he is in this process and being able to have him", Brown said.