Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the NFL has informed Josh Gordon, wide receiver, that he is being reinstated. The former All-Pro was expected to be eligible for play as soon as Week 4.
Gordon was suspended indefinitely in December 2019 for violations of the league's policies on substance abuse and performance-enhancing substances. According to ESPN Stats & Information, this was Gordon's sixth suspension from the 2013 season. It was also his fifth suspension for substance abuse.
Schefter was informed last week by sources that Goodell had received his reinstatement letter in July.
"We are grateful that Josh worked hard and now he has another chance to play in this league," Zac Hiller, Gordon's agent, said to Schefter. "We are proud to Josh and I know that all the fans cannot wait to see him Sundays."
Gordon was conditionally reinstated by NFL in December. He was scheduled to practice with the Seattle Seahawks during the last two weeks of 2020 regular season. His reinstatement was rescinded January. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Gordon had suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from substance abuse.
Gordon, a 30-year-old man, is currently vaccinated against COVID-19. He is ready to play.
Gordon was a former Cleveland Browns player and played for the Zappers in the Fan Controlled Football League.
Gordon was selected by the Browns in 2012's supplemental draft. He has only appeared in six games since 2013, when he led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,646.