The Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who hasn't played since 2014 after failing multiple drug tests, will file reinstatement papers with the league this week, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This was in his sophomore year after Cleveland selected him in the 2012 supplemental draft.
An NFL spokesman told Cleveland.com that the league had no comment on Gordon's latest reinstatement request. He was suspended for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014, all 16 games in 2015 season and the first four games this year.
Gordon, who has been suspended for 43 of the last 48 games that could've played in, has been very active on social media in recent weeks posting pictures and videos of his workouts.
"We've really been focused, to be honest - until we saw some of the reports recently - on the guys that are on the roster", said Sashi Brown, vice president of football operations. He hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since December 21, 2014, and it's unknown whether Commissioner Roger Goodell will reinstate him. "He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we're moving forward".
The NFL Players Association now lists Joby Branion as Gordon's agent. "We're going to move on".
He is now suspended indefinitely for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon was scheduled to rejoin the team at practice last October 3 and play October 9 against the New England Patriots before deciding to check into the rehab facility. He would be a restricted free agent after the 2017 season and an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. He was conditionally reinstated by the league last summer before entering in-patient rehab in September.
"After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an inpatient rehabilitation facility, " Gordon said in the statement. "I think that's a pretty complicated process at this point given, kind of, his history". If he is welcomed back into the league, he will likely have to find another team.
"It definitely did send a spark to me and help me remember some things, " he said. "Just doing it consistently and being here for this team, that's really where it starts at and that's what I want to do".