For the first time since 2014, it appears that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will play in a regular-season NFL game.
The Browns announced on Thursday that they have activated Gordon for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Coach Hue Jackson was asked if Gordon will start on Sunday.
“Are you kidding me?” Jackson said, via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “Yeah, he’s going to start.”
Gordon was set to return to the field for the Browns in Week 5 of the 2016 season, but checked himself into an in-patient rehab facility prior to the game. A few days after Gordon checked himself into the facility, the NFL decided that he would remain suspended indefinitely.
He applied for reinstatement during the spring but it was not granted at the time. Gordon was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Nov. 1, 2017.
The last regular-season NFL game that Gordon played in was on Dec. 21, 2014 against the Carolina Panthers. He caught 4 passes for 45 yards. In the five games he played in that season, Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards and no touchdowns.
However, in 2013 Gordon was arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. He caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards on 9 touchdowns. One of those touchdowns went for 95 yards.
Various suspensions for violations of the NFL substance abuse policy have kept him off of the field since 2014. He will again have five games at the end of a season to show if has improved off of the field, and if he still has the juice on it.