Cleveland Browns fans got good news Monday with the “conditional reinstatement” of star receiver Josh Gordon.
NFL Network first reported the former Baylor star will miss the first four games of the regular season but can participate in the preseason. He is set to return Oct. 9 against New England.
The Browns confirmed the news in a statement explaining the terms of his reinstatement as well as a letter from commissioner Roger Goodell to Gordon.
‘As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed,” Goodell wrote. “Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, (team owner Jimmy) Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at 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.’”
Gordon was a first-team All-Pro in 2013 when he caught 87 passes for a team-record 1,646 yards, leading the NFL in the latter category.
He was suspended for the first 10 games of the following season and all of 2015, however, after repeatedly violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Now he apparently has another chance to get his career back on track for a team undergoing yet another rebuild, this time under former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.