The fantasy football community's collective ears may have all just perked up at once. That's because one of the NFL's most talented wide receivers of the past decade is reportedly eligible to play once again, and he could be ready as early as next week.
Josh Gordon has been suspended six times since the 2013 season — five of which came as result of some form of substance abuse, according to ESPN — but NFL insider Adam Schefter says that the league is giving him another chance here in the 2021 season.
Gordon's agent, Zac Hiller, says that they're very appreciative that the NFL has seen the 30-year-old wideout put in hard work and make progress en route to his eventual return to the NFL. He went through a league-monitored treatment program and was supported by the NFLPA in his quest for reinstatement, which seems to have been approved.
Most recently, Gordon played with Johnny Manziel on the Fan Controlled Football league's Zappers in February. Prior to that, he played in 11 games of the 2019 season, splitting time with the Patriots and Seahawks before another substance-related violation in December.
One of the most electrifying talents at the position, albeit for only a short time, Gordon led the league in receiving yards (1,646) in just his second season with a mix of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Now, eight years later, he has a chance to prove that he's learned from his recent past and can return to a productive NFL career.