KANSAS CITY (Mo.) The Kansas City Chiefs announced Tuesday that wide receiver Josh Gordon has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
This means Gordon (30) will likely play against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night.
Gordon was signed by the Chiefs last week. He hadn't played in NFL since 2019 and there were immediately signs that the Chiefs wanted to bring him back.
"Everywhere he has been, he kind of dominated," said quarterback Patrick Mahomes. "So I mean it's definitely thrilling."
Tyrann Mathieu, defensive back, compared Gordon with NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Mathieu stated, "The guy looks like one those guys that you can see two people on him but you still have the ability to throw the ball at him."
Andy Reid, Coach, said Monday that he didn't have a commitment to activate Gordon this week. He stated that it would depend on Gordon being familiar with the offensive system.
Reid stated, "I don’t want to place him in a poor situation out there."
Since the spring, when Sammy Watkins was released as a free agent, the Chiefs have been looking for a wide receiver that can play all downs with Tyreek Hill. Although they've played a lot of Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle, none of them have consistently performed for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs also placed Joshua Kaindoh, a defensive end, on injured reserve in a similar roster move.
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 research, it was Gordon's sixth suspension from the 2013 season. It also marked his fifth suspension for substance abuse.
In July, Gordon sent his reinstatement letter Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner. The NFLPA recommended that Gordon be reinstated. Goodell approved Gordon's request for reinstatement, according to a source.
Gordon was the NFL's leading receiver in 2013. He played for the Cleveland Browns, and he accumulated 1,646 receiving yard.