Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated for the final two weeks of the 2020 season, the NFL announced Thursday.
Gordon will be allowed to begin COVID-19 testing Friday and might join the Seahawks on Dec. 9 if he tests negative for the coronavirus.
He will be permitted to take part in meetings, individual workouts, and strength and conditioning but will not be permitted to practice, travel with the team or attend games until Dec. 21, after Seattle’s Week 15 game.
Gordon responded to the news of his conditional reinstatement with a tweet that he was “thankful.”
🙏🏾 Thankful ☝🏾
— Flash (@JOSH_GORDONXII) December 3, 2020
The NFL announced Gordon’s suspension the day after the Seahawks’ Week 15 game last season, so he will have effectively served a one-year ban. It was a mystery to the Seahawks and Gordon why the league was taking so long to deliver a decision, according to sources. Gordon’s team applied for reinstatement in mid-June with the hope that he would be reinstated in time for training camp.
He re-signed with the Seahawks on a one-year deal in September. The deal with Seattle includes a $910,000 base salary, a $52,000 roster bonus due after his reinstatement and $80,000 in per-game roster bonuses, according to a source.
He was suspended indefinitely last December for violations of the league’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse. It was Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season and his fifth for some form of substance abuse, according to ESPN Stats & Information records.
Gordon’s attorney, Adam Kenner, confirmed to ESPN in June that Gordon’s latest suspension was the result of a setback he experienced after the death of his brother last fall. Gordon posted on social media on Nov. 11, 2019, the day he made his Seahawks debut, about losing his older brother.
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