CLEVELAND-- With less than a week until Training Camp in Berea begins, things just got a bit more interesting for the Browns.
The NFL announced that suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated on a conditional basis, but will still serve a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season.
Now that he's conditionally reinstated, Gordon will be able to participate in Training Camp with the Browns and will be able to be with the team amidst the first four weeks of the season.
Gordon released a statement on his reinstatement on his Twitter account, @JOSH_GORDONXII.
"I'm blessed and grateful to be granted this opportunity. I can’t wait to get back out there and play the game I love in front of the great fans of Cleveland," Gordon said. "I want to thank the NFLPA, Commissioner Goodell, the Haslam family and Browns organization, my agent Drew Rosenhaus, as well as my mentors for their continuous support along the way. I've heard only good things from my teammates about the positive direction the organization is heading and I want to do everything I can to be there to help further that process not only for the team but to better myself as well. Thank you."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently wrote a letter to Gordon, in which he stated the following:
"As we discussed at our meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed. Countless others including your agent teammates and coaches, Mr. Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource their disposal. But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices, but it will be up to you to do so."
Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown issued a statement on Gordon's status with the team as well.
“With the league’s decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp," Brown said. "At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and a plan to support him on and off the field.”
Gordon, who was suspended for a year after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, petitioned for reinstatement on April 12, but was denied.
The 25-year-old receiver is still in stage three of the NFL's substance abuse program, meaning that he'll have remain clean or he'll be suspended for at least another season.
There still remains, however, a meeting between Gordon and the Browns brass that will determine what his involvement with the team will be. He is eligible to participate in Training Camp.
The last time Gordon played in an NFL game was on December 21, 2014 against the Carolina Panthers. He had just four catches for 45 yards.
Gordon will be eligible to return to NFL action during Week 5 of the season, when the Browns take on the New England Patriots on October 3.
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