Josh Gordon Suspended Indefinitely, Fate of His NFL Career Now in Roger Goodell’s Hands


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After missing the past two seasons due to substance abuse violations, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was supposed to make his NFL comeback this weekend against the New England Patriots. But that’s not going to happen now.

Last week Gordon, 25, announced that he was leaving the Browns and checking into an inpatient rehab program. Browns coach Hue Jackson announced last Thursday that the team would be cutting ties with Gordon at the end of the season. However, the end of his Browns career is the least of Gordon’s problems.

On Monday the NFL announced that Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his recovery program, and any future return will be at the discretion of commissioner Roger Goodell.

Gordon has already received 10- and 16-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In February Goodell told reporters that Gordon would have to convince him he wouldn’t be suspended again if he wanted to be reinstated. In July, Goodell did indeed reinstate Gordon, but only on a conditional basis, suspending him for the first four games of 2016 so he could prove that he could stay clean.

Gordon is really going to have to turn his life around if he wants to convince Goodell to give him yet another chance.

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