After a false report from a fake Twitter account about Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon being reinstated by the NFL was tweeted Tuesday afternoon, questions began to surface not only about when Gordon may be reinstated, but if he is still in rehab as well.
For Gordon to receiver another chance to play in the NFL again, commissioner Roger Goodell must decide to allow him to do so and Gordon must demonstrate he deserves one through his behavior. Gordon is doing his part at the moment as he entered rehab for the fourth time on June 21. When he entered, he had planned a 90-day stint. That 90 days ends on September 21.
Tim Montgomery has been working out with Gordon and talked to cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot about the receivers’ possible reinstatement.
“He’s coming,” Montgomery said. “I think he’s going to be [with the Browns] this season.”
Going to rehab is not only to help Gordon as much as possible, but it also allows Goodell and the NFL to see that he is doing everything possible in order to prove that he deserves another chance. Montgomery believes that since the Browns wide out has been clean, he should be reinstated soon after checking out of rehab following his 90-day stay.
“He’s been clean, so we’re hoping after 90 days he’s reinstated and they put him back in the league, which it looks like they’re going to do that.
“From what I’ve seen, he’s in a different place than what he was six, seven months ago,” said Montgomery. “He’s come a long, long way from when we first started working together.”
The NFL has made no mention of Gordon since denying his bid for reinstatement on May 11. After denying him, Goodell said that he could re-apply again in the fall. Well, the fall is coming very soon, and Gordon seems to be saying what all Browns fans want.
“It’s my understanding that Josh was clean, but that he wasn’t answering his phone,” said Montgomery. “Josh would go somewhere and he wouldn’t tell anyone he was going out of town and he wouldn’t pick his phone up. He didn’t want to tell his people ‘I can’t come out there because I’ve got to stay here and answer the phone for drug tests.”’
He last played in an NFL game in December 2014. Here’s the timeline of the events that have taken place since then, courtesy of dawgbynature.com’s Chris Pokorny:
Timeline of Events on Josh Gordon
- July 25, 2016: Gordon is conditionally re-instated. He can participate in 2016 training camp, but would be suspended for the first four games.
- August 26, 2016: Gordon participated in the preseason, but were reportedly seeking a second-round pick and more if a team was interested in acquiring him.
- September 21, 2016: The regular season started several weeks earlier, so Gordon was serving his suspension. He was hit with a paternity suit.
- September 29, 2016: Just a few days before he was set to be re-instated, the stunning news broke that Gordon was stepping away from football to enter in-patient rehab. The word from ESPN is that Cleveland intended to part ways with him in light of the news.
- October 2, 2016: It was reported that Gordon entered rehab because of an alcohol problem.
- October 30, 2016: Gordon’s 30-day stint in rehab concluded. The Browns did not trade him before the deadline, and he was not re-instated by the NFL.
- March 1, 2017: Gordon applied for re-instatement to the NFL again.
- March 24, 2017: More details came out about Gordon’s attempt to come back, including the fact that he started working out with Tim Montgomery. A few days later, a photo of him appeared in which he looked to be in extraordinary shape.
- March 29, 2017: Browns’ Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown hinted that they might keep Gordon if he is re-instated.
- May 10, 2017: Gordon is without an agent.
- May 11, 2017: The NFL denies Gordon’s request for re-instatement.
- August 17, 2017: While visiting Berea, Commissioner Roger Goodell would provide no real update on Gordon’s situation.
- August 25, 2017: Report says that Gordon is targeting late-September for his NFL comeback.
- September 4, 2017: Another rumor from someone who talked to Gordon says he hopes he can be back in time for the Colts game.
If Gordon can stay clean and be reinstated, he could be a much-needed addition to the Browns’ offense. If he can come anywhere close to the player he was, he is the type of weapon on the outside needed for DeShone Kizer. Remember, he was a Pro Bowler prior to being suspended despite Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell throwing footballs in his general direction.
At 231 pounds and reportedly out of shape, the Browns may not even want Gordon if he is ever reinstated. Then again, with the receiver group they have, anything might be an upgrade. Stay tuned.