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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely for violating NFL drug policy

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon has once again run afoul of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Gordon has been suspended indefinitely after another violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances and substances of abuse.

Gordon’s struggles with substance abuse continue. This is the fifth time he’s been suspended under the policy despite being just 28 years old. He has battled addiction issues for many years, and simply cannot seem to shake them off. Gordon’s season started with him trying to put these issues behind him, with the NFL’s support. It simply hasn’t worked.

Gordon had only seven catches for 139 yards since moving to the Seattle Seahawks this season. His career is in serious jeopardy at his point.

Josh Gordon shows enthusiasm for landing with Seahawks

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon didn’t have a say in where he landed after being waived by the New England Patriots, but he seems to be okay with his destination.

Gordon was claimed by the Seattle Seahawks, and was enthusiastic about the move in an Instagram post.

Also enthusiastic: quarterback Russell Wilson, who has a new toy.

Gordon has every reason to be happy. The Seahawks are a contender, and he’s likely to play at least some role in their offense. Plus, there’s the basic notion of being wanted — the Patriots were ready to get rid of him, while the Seahawks were happy to claim him. Things are looking up for him at the moment.

Seahawks claim Josh Gordon off waivers

Josh Gordon

The Seattle Seahawks are getting another weapon on offense.

The Seahawks have claimed wide receiver Josh Gordon off waivers from the New England Patriots, according to various reports.

The Seahawks have a deep offense, with Russell Wilson at quarterback, Chris Carson as the lead back, and Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf leading the receiving corps. Gordon will give them even greater depth and another weapon as they push for a playoff spot out of the NFC West.

Gordon has 20 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown this season. When healthy, he can be explosive, but the Patriots decided to move on after a recent knee injury. He should be medically cleared soon, and at that point, it’ll be interesting to see what he can add to the Seattle offense.

Report: Patriots done with Josh Gordon, will waive him after IR stint

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon being placed on IR with a knee injury will end the receiver’s time with the New England Patriots, according to a report.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that the Patriots will waive Gordon after the receiver’s stint on injured reserve. He adds that the knee injury was not a new one.

Gordon had 20 catches for 287 yards and two touchdowns this season. He only had one catch in Week 6 against the Giants and missed Monday night’s game against the Jets due to his knee.

Gordon will finish his Patriots career with 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots’ acquisition of Mohamed Sanu makes more sense now. They will have Sanu, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Myers as receiving options, plus rookie N’Keal Harry when he returns.

Josh Gordon placed on injured reserve with knee injury

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon’s comeback season is over.

Gordon will miss the remainder of the year after the New England Patriots placed him on injured reserve due to a lingering knee injury.

Gordon left the Patriots’ game against the New York Giants on Oct. 10 with what at the time seemed to be a minor injury. It turns out that it’s a pretty significant blow, and Gordon won’t play again in 2019.

The 28-year-old was having a respectable comeback season for New England. In six games, he made 20 catches for 287 yards, and he found the end zone twice this season — once rushing, once receiving. He’ll look to get himself ready for 2020 now.

Josh Gordon releases statement addressing substance abuse issues

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon is hoping to finally prove that he can make it through a full NFL season without a slip-up that results in a suspension or worse, and the New England Patriots wide receiver does not want to discuss his past as he focuses on the future.

In a statement he released on social media Friday, Gordon acknowledged that he had another substance abuse issue toward the end of last year, which resulted in him having to leave the Patriots late in the season. He said he will not get into the details of the latest incident but hopes he will be judged on the way he carries himself going forward.

Gordon violated the terms of his conditional reinstatement last December by reportedly failing multiple drug tests. He signed a restricted free agent tender with the Patriots over the offseason to assure he would remain with the team if and when he was reinstated, and the NFL surprisingly chose not to force him to sit out any games to start 2019.

Gordon has only played in 52 career games since 2012 because of multiple suspensions. The 12 games he played last season were his most in a season since 2013. If he can stay out of trouble, he has a chance to have a huge year as one of the focal points of New England’s offense.

Josh Gordon reportedly moving off NFI after practicing in pads

Josh Gordon

The New England Patriots are getting Josh Gordon back fully just over a week after his reinstatement.

Gordon had been on the non-football injury list, but practiced in pads on Sunday. That indicates that he will be removed from the NFI and become a fully practicing member of the team.

It’s good news for Gordon’s potential Week 1 availability. He’ll have a full two weeks to get himself fully into playing shape ahead of the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gordon was officially reinstated by the NFL this month after his drug-related suspension. He started 11 games for the Patriots last season before he was shut down, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns.