Leave it to the Patriots to get better at the right time.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL after he was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy.
The league announced his reinstatement — on a conditional basis — on Friday.
“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a 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.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also released a statement:
Statement from #Patriots head coach Bill Belichick regarding the league’s reinstatement of Josh Gordon:
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 17, 2019
The league also announced Gordon will not be able to play in the Patriots’ game Aug. 22.
Gordon caught 41 passes for 737 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots last year after being traded to New England before the start of the season.
The 28-year-old wide receiver has been in and out of the NFL since the Browns took him in the supplemental draft in 2012.
He was suspended two games in 2013 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, he missed all but five games of the 2014 season after failing a drug test, he missed all of 2015 after another violation of league policy, he didn’t play in 2016 while hoping to get reinstated into the league then played the final five games of 2017 after receiving his reinstatement.
Finally, in 2018, he was traded to the Patriots and played most of the year before being suspended indefinitely in December.