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Browns' Josh Gordon to be reinstated, suspended first four games

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jul 25, 2016

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will be reinstated on a conditional basis, the team announced Monday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Gordon of his reinstatement on Monday.

Gordon was suspended in February 2015 after he failed a drug test. 

He applied for reinstatement once earlier this year but his request was denied after reports that he failed another drug test. 

Our media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal reported last week that Gordon met with Goodell to discuss his future with the league.

With the reinstatement, Gordon can participate in team meetings and training camp. He will also be allowed to participate in preseason games and practices. 

He will be suspended the first four games of the season and will be allowed to return beginning Oct. 3.

Read this statement from Cleveland Browns EVP of Football Operations Sashi Brown:

“With the league’s decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp. At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and a plan to support him on and off the field.”

In a letter to Gordon, Goodell wrote:

As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed. Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, Mr. Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal.