On Friday afternoon, news broke of further troubles for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon who has faced multiple suspensions during his career.
Just last month, the NFL conditionally reinstated the speedy wide receiver. The Seahawks expected Gordon back on the gridiron for the team’s playoff push, but that never came to fruition. And now it looks as if the player’s chances of ever getting back on the field could be coming to a close.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Gordon has been suspended indefinitely… once again. This is now the fifth suspension of his NFL career.
“Seahawks WR Josh Gordon’s conditional reinstatement has been rescinded and he is now suspended indefinitely again,” Yates tweeted.
Further details as to why the 29-year-old is suspended again has not been revealed yet. Allegedly, Gordon hasn’t lived up to the full terms of his conditional reinstatement, which could have caused the suspension.
When he actually plays, Josh Gordon’s football talent is evident. In 2013, the wide receiver had 1,646 receiving yards on the season. That’s a whopping 117.6 average yards per game. Furthermore, those impressive statistics were earned on a terrible 4-12 Cleveland Browns team. The following year, Gordon was suspended midseason and did not play in a single game for the next two and a half years.
His substance abuse issues have plagued his career since his first suspension. In the seven seasons since his break out 2013 season, the wide receiver has only played in 33 games. In contrast, he’s missed 79 regular-season games due mainly to suspensions. The last game he played in dates back to December 2019.
Josh Gordon Was Reinstated by the NFL in December
If any other player had been suspended just weeks after being reinstated, the news would come as a surprise. However, most NFL fans and analysts are used to hearing about the few ups and mostly downs of Josh Gordon’s career.
The league conditionally reinstated Gordon following his almost one-year suspension. According to NFL.com, the wide receiver was allowed to rejoin Seattle on Dec. 9. He could attend team meetings and workout in the team’s facilities again. But Gordon wasn’t allowed to play in a game until Week 16 or practice with the team until Dec. 21.
Following his reinstatement, Gordon posted a very short message on Twitter. “Thankful,” Josh Gordon wrote after the NFL ended his suspension.
The league suspended Gordon in December 2019 for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse policies, ESPN said. After his December 2020 return to Seattle, today’s suspension could be the end of Gordon’s once promising NFL career.