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Browns WR Josh Gordon is still in rehab, but will be out on September 21

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The battle for reinstatement to the NFL continues on.

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Tuesday night, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer scored a scoop with the latest information on Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon. I encourage you to read the entire article, but I will also provide a bullet point summary below of what we learned.

All of Cabot’s report comes via an interview she had with Tim Montgomery, a former Olympic Gold medalist and world-record holder who has been working with Gordon for awhile now. Before I get to Cabot’s report, let’s take a look back at a timeline of events over the past year.

Timeline of Events on Josh Gordon

What We Learned From Cabot’s Report

I didn’t expect the timeline on Gordon to be a novel when I started putting it together...and that’s just within the past year. I had to establish the timeline, though, to help align those headlines with what appears in Cabot’s article. Here is a summary of what we learned from Cabot via Montgomery:

  • Gordon's bid for re-instatement was indeed denied on May 11, 2017. However, the NFL told him he could re-apply again in the fall. Montgomery believes that Gordon was clean when he was denied reinstatement in May 2017; however, Gordon had "missed his mandatory drug tests."
  • Why did Gordon miss those drug tests? Basically, Gordon needed to stay in one place, answer his phone, and be ready for mandatory drug tests at any time. However, he didn't want to tell his "people" (presumably his friends) that he couldn't go out with them because he had to stay home and answer the phone for possible drug tests. It’s a lifestyle that Gordon lives, and obviously, something he couldn’t mentally break despite knowing the consequences. Montgomery said he nearly made it without missing the tests, but started falling into this habit around March 2017.
  • On June 21, 2017, Gordon entered a 90-day rehab stint, with the hope that it would help convince the NFL to let him back in the NFL. His stint in rehab ends on September 21, 2017, which is four days before the Browns play their Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Montgomery believes the NFL will re-instate him, and he "hopes" it's soon after September 21. To be reasonable, though, I wouldn’t get hopes up for something like that until it happens, as this “hope” comes from Gordon’s side, not the Browns or NFL’s side.
  • There’s no telling whether the Browns would even want Gordon. Montgomery said Gordon is at about 231 pounds right now, and although he's working out, he was out of shape two weeks ago when he was released on a one-day pass. However, Montgomery said, "even though he hadn't caught a football in two months, that football didn't hit the ground."
  • Gordon was bitter about the Browns' comments of "slamming the door on a comeback" last fall. However, he's better now. Gordon wanted to attend the Browns' third preseason game down in Tampa Bay, but was unable to get out of rehab to attend.

There are a lot of “ifs” and excuses in there, but it’s the latest update we have.