The latest in a lengthy list of career roadblocks for Cleveland Browns star receiver Josh Gordon came Thursday when the 26-year-old was denied reinstatement by the National Football League.
According to USA Today Sports, Gordon reapplied for reinstatement on March 1 of this year — the first day he was eligible to do so. The NFL has yet to issue a formal statement on the Gordon situation.
Last season, the speedy deep threat was suspended for the first four games of the season as part of a conditional reinstatement agreement with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. However, just before the suspension was set to expire, Gordon checked himself into rehab, rendering the agreement with Goodell void and extending the suspension throughout the rest of the season. That 2016 reinstatement bid came after Gordon was suspended for the entirety of the 2015 season and ten games of the 2014 season — all for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
In Gordon’s last semblance of a full season — 14 games in 2013 after a two-game ban for substance abuse program violations — he was a first-team Associated Press All Pro, leading the entire NFL in receiving yards while…