Fans eagerly waiting for the return of beleaguered wide receiver Josh Gordon will have to wait a bit longer.
The Seahawks signed Gordon in 2019, and the wideout made his presence felt in just five games with the squad. Unfortunately for Gordon, his substance abuse issues landed him on the NFL suspension list once again.
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While the Seahawks could use the extra manpower for their playoff push and run, they’ll have to do it without Gordon, who is out “indefinitely” after another setback with substance abuse issues.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest Gordon news:
Josh Gordon reinstatement
On Dec. 21, the Seahawks added Gordon to their active roster for the remainder of the season. Just a day later, on Dec. 22, the NFL determined that Gordon hadn’t met the parameters to return to play, sidelining him for the foreseeable future, per Bon Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Per source, Josh Gordon and the Seahawks were notified today that he has not satisfied all terms of his conditional reinstatement. He may attend team meetings and individual workouts but he is ineligible at this time to participate in practices or games.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 23, 2020
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Gordon had a “setback in his battle with substance abuse” and hadn’t complied with the terms of his reinstatement.
#Seahawks WR Josh Gordon had a setback in his battle with substance abuse and now won’t be allowed to practice or play indefinitely, per sources. As @bcondotta reported, the NFL informed the team this morning Gordon hadn’t complied with terms of his conditional reinstatement.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 23, 2020
Gordon was suspended in December 2019 for his fifth violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The Seahawks re-signed him in September.
There’s no word on what drug Gordon is battling with, but he has previously been suspended for marijuana use. Gordon has also previously been charged with DWI and was suspended by the Browns and the NFL for his troubles with alcohol.
In 2016, Gordon entered rehab and was released after 30 days.
The latest Gordon setback likely means he won’t play a snap for the Seahawks this season.