The National Football League (NFL) has denied Josh Gordon’s petition for reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban although the Cleveland Browns wide receiver can apply for reinstatement later this year.
According to reports, the league will need to see a serious commitment from Gordon to his program and this may include going to an in-patient rehabilitation facility.
Via Fox Sports, a report stated that Gordon failed another NFL-administered drug test earlier this month.
“The amount of marijuana in the samples was less than the 35 nanograms required for a positive test, according to the report. But a diluted sample that contains traces of a banned substance constitutes a positive test for a player in Stage Two or Stage Three of the program. Gordon is in Stage Three,” Cleveland.com reported on Tuesday.
Gordon is one of the better wide receivers in the league in recent years making the NFL Pro Bowl team in 2013 and the NFL First Team All-Pro the same year. He was the NFL receiving yards leader that year as well.
Gordon is the only player in NFL history that logged at least 200 receiving yards in consecutive games in the regular season. He holds the Browns franchise record for most receiving yards in a single season at 1,646 and most receiving yards in a single game, at 261.
Gordon was suspended in February earlier this year and did not play a single game in the 2015 season for the Browns, which suffered another disappointing year. According to league officials, Gordon can reapply for reinstatement sometime after the training camp or in August later this year.
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