In the first step toward possibly being reinstated to the NFL, multiple reports said that Josh Gordon met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week on Wednesday.
Gordon has been serving an indefinite suspension since Feb. 3, 2015, and can apply for reinstatement Aug. 1, three days after the Browns will open training camp without him.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in January but was denied April 12 after reports he failed another drug test. The NFL has no timetable for a decision and with the regular season starting on Sept. 11, even if he's reinstated might not be eligible before the opener.
Having a meeting with the NFL is a step in the right direction for Gordon, who has failed several drug tests dating back to college.. Gordon has been suspended by the league each of the last three seasons, including for all of 2015, and has missed 27 of the last 32 Browns games.
It is unclear if the Browns will welcome Gordon back, even if he's reinstated. Executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said the following at the owners meetings this spring.
“If Josh comes back, great,” Brown said. “And if he doesn’t, we’re ready.
“We would sit down with him and see where his head is and go from there. The first step, though, obviously is he’s got to be reinstated.”
The Browns used four of their draft picks in the first five rounds on wide receivers, including first-round pick Corey Coleman from Baylor. They also selected Ricardo Louis (Auburn), Jordan Payton (UCLA) and Rashard Higgins (Colorado State).