Josh Gordon Reinstated into NFL, Provides Simple Update After News: ‘Thankful’

by Josh Lanier
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The NFL has reinstated Josh Gordon after he served what will be a nearly one-year suspension. And despite the good news, Gordon had little to say about it. In fact, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was more talkative about the news.

According to, Gordon will rejoin the Seahawks on Dec. 9 as long as he passes mandatory COVID-19 tests. He can meet with the team and attend team meetings. He can work with position coaches and workout at the Seahawks facilities. But he won’t be able to play in a game until Week 16. He can start practicing with the team on Dec. 21.

Shortly after the NFL made their ruling Thursday, Gordon tweeted out “Thankful.” It’s been his only comment on the matter.

Reporters ask Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson what he thought about Gordon rejoining the team as he walked off the practice field Thursday.

“He’s an amazing receiver,” Wilson said, according to The Spun. “A guy who was great for us last season made some great plays.”

He added that the NFL’s decisions shows a “a testament to his growth.”

Gordon played in five games with the Seahawks in 2009 before he was suspended. He finished that season with seven catches for 139 yards.

The NFL suspended Josh Gordon on Dec. 16, 2019, for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse policies, ESPN said. It was his fifth suspension from the league. The wide receiver sat out two seasons — 2015-2016 — because he was suspended.

Josh Gordon Joins a Dangerous Wide Receiving Corps

Gordon joins what may be the most impressive wide receiving corps in the NFL. At 29, he still is in the prime of his career, and if he can stay on the field, he will add firepower to the mix. Currently, wide receiver DK Metcalf leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,039). Tyler Lockett has 771 and is 16th. The team also has a solid stable of rookies to fill out their larger packages, ESPN said.

Gordon has proven in the past that he can be an elite wideout. In 2013, he caught 87 passes and nine touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns. His 1,646 all-purpose yards led the league and helped him get named to the All-Pro team.