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Roger Goodell sounded like suspended receiver Josh Gordon might be reinstated

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sounded as though suspended Josh Gordon might be reinstated in time for the 2016 season

So you’re telling me there’s a chance. 

Reading between the lines at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference at the Super Bowl on Friday, it sounds like there’s a chance that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will be reinstated after an indefinite suspension from the NFL for substance abuse.

Goodell was asked by ESPNCleveland's Tony Grossi about Gordon possibly being reinstated.

Goodell acknowledged that the league received Gordon’s letter asking for reinstatement, but also added. 

“The process is that we’ll go back and we’ll look at how he’s conducted himself over the last several months, what he’s done to make sure it’s consistent with the terms of his suspension," Goodell said. "And at some stage, we’ll have a report on that, and I will engage with our people to understand where he is, where he’s been, but most importantly, it’s where he’s going.

"When these things happen, it's about trying to avoid them in the future," he said. "Our number one issue here is to prevent these things from happening.

"I'm hopeful that Josh understands that he's going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns or any other team in the NFL."

After leading the NFL in receiving yardage in 2013 with 1,646 yards, Gordon was suspended indefinitely after the 2014 season by the league. The Browns haven't addressed what their plans are for the oft-suspended wide receiver, who made the Pro Bowl in 2013, other than to wait-and-see if he is reinstated.
“[We’d] sit down with Josh and see where he is and what his plans are,” executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said recently. “But without having seen him for a year, it would be hard for us to say. Could Josh come back to this roster? Yes. Is that necessarily going to happen? Obviously, he’s got to clear the hurdles with the NFL to see if he can get to that point.”

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