WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement denied by NFL

NFL denies Josh Gordon's petition for reinstatement

A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been denied reinstatement by the NFL.

Gordon applied in early March. But Gordon checked into rehab days before the suspension was set to end. Gordon has been suspended several times by the league, including the current ban for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

In just 10 games in 2013, Gordon produced 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter recently spoke with Gordon's business manager Michael Johnson, who told him Gordon is in "the best place mentally" since before he was drafted by the Browns in 2012. He hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since December 21, 2014, and it's unknown whether Commissioner Roger Goodell will ever reinstate him.

In March, ESPN reported Gordon had been training under former Olympian sprinter-turned-speed coach Tim Montgomery in an effort to resurrect his career.

There's little question about Gordon's talent when he's on the field.

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Sashi Brown, the Browns' executive vice president of football operations, indicated at this year's NFL owners meetings that if Gordon were to be reinstated by the NFL, he might have a chance to remain with the team despite past declarations by the Browns that they were moving on from the wide receiver. And I think after today, today is really the last Josh Gordon comment I want to make about that.

Coach Hue Jackson said then that Gordon's tenure was over in Cleveland and wished him well even though the Browns still hold his rights for at least one more season. "Now, that's a separate question, but Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the National Football League, and at that time, we'll make a decision when we know what's going on".

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