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Former Browns WR Josh Gordon signing with Chiefs after 6th suspension

Browns releasing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon
Posted at 5:25 PM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 17:25:23-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his return to the National Football League after his sixth suspension and is signing with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gordon, 30, had been conditionally reinstated after a suspension for violating the substance abuse policy while with the Seattle Seahawks last season, but the league rescinded the reinstatement after Gordon broke the conditional terms.

The receiver has battled substance abuse for his entire career, receiving his fifth substance abuse suspension in December of 2019 and his sixth suspension overall since 2013.

Gordon was taken in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft by the Browns and was a standout receiver in the league. But the following year, Gordon received his first suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons under suspension and played in six total games between 2017 and 2018 with the Browns before being traded to the Patriots.

With the Patriots, Gordon played in 11 games and remained in New England until sustaining a knee injury and being placed on injured reserve. He was waived from IR and claimed by the Seahawks, playing in five games before being suspended and missing the entire 2020 season.

The NFL approved Gordon's reinstatement this summer and he embarks on a new journey with the Chiefs.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Gordon will be signed to the practice squad until he's ready to be on the active roster.

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