Patriots’ Josh Gordon being reinstated by NFL on a conditional basis
New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is being reinstated by the NFL — with conditions.
Gordon has been suspended since Dec. 20 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement earlier this month.
The league said in a statement on Friday that starting Sunday, Gordon "may rejoin the Patriots to attend meetings and engage in conditioning work and individual workouts. Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities, including practice."
Gordon will be allowed to attend, but not play in, the Patriots' Aug. 22 preseason game.
In 11 games with New England last season, Gordon had 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns. The suspension kept him out of the Patriots' postseason games.
Gordon has struggled with substance abuse throughout his career. His first suspension as a pro came in 2013, when he still managed to lead the league in receiving despite missing two games.
He played 10 games from 2014-17 and missed two full seasons for violating the league's substance-abuse policy while with the Cleveland Browns.
"We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally," commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement. "Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him."
Contributing: Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY Sports
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