CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated to the National Football League after serving a suspension of more than year for multiple failed drug tests, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport said Gordon would serve a four-game suspension to start the season, but during the ban, still would be allowed to attend team meetings. Also, Gordon will be eligible to compete in training camp and play in preseason games.
The Browns confirmed the report in a tweet around 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Earlier this offseason, Gordon was denied reinstatement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The decision regarding Gordon’s denied reinstatement back in April came one day after multiple media outlets reported that he failed a drug test in March when a urine sample showed an amount of marijuana lower than the threshold required. However, Gordon’s sample was reportedly diluted, which equaled a failed test under NFL rules.
Gordon’s 17-month ban, which came as a result of a violation of a league-imposed censure on alcohol as part of his reinstatement from a 10-game suspension in the final weeks of the 2014 regular season, marked the third straight year in which he served an NFL-mandated suspension for a positive test.
Gordon’s turbulent 2014 season came to a premature end when the Browns suspended the talented but troubled wide receiver for the regular-season finale because of a violation of club rules, the team announced shortly before travelling to Baltimore to play the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
Gordon returned to the Browns on Monday, November 17, 2014, after serving a league-mandated 10-game suspension for a failed drug test.
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