Suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has officially applied for reinstatement.
Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reported that Josh Gordon applied to the NFL office for reinstatement, which he was eligible to do as early as 60 days prior to the one-year anniversary of his most recent suspension. Gordon was suspended last February for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. Josh Gordon has already served two suspensions for violating the league’s policy.
The NFL must decide on his possible return within the next 60 days.
Should Gordon be reinstated he would be under contract with the Cleveland Browns for 2016 and would become a free agent as of 2017.
“To be reinstated, a player must demonstrate sustained abstinence,” an NFL spokesman told Rapoport in a statement. “In support of their applications, players generally put forward verifiable testing records and/or submit to periodic NFL testing during the banishment period.”
Josh Gordopn forfeited $1.07 million in salary and part of his signing bonus by sitting out this season.