There is finally some clarity around Josh Gordon’s situation, a few weeks after the wide receiver was placed back on the commissioner’s exempt list following his conditional reinstatement. Sadly, it’s not a positive update.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Gordon’s conditional reinstatement has been rescinded, with the wide receiver once again suspended indefinitely.
#Seahawks WR Josh Gordon's conditional reinstatement has been rescinded and he is now suspended again indefinitely, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 15, 2021
Gordon’s indefinite suspension brings to a close what has been a strange, vague 13 months for the wideout. After he was suspended in December 2019, Gordon was re-signed by the Seahawks in September 2020, leading many to assume reinstatement was close.
However, there was no further updates until December, when he was conditionally reinstated. Just as Gordon became eligible to return to practice, ahead of a Week 16 season debut, he was placed back onto the commissioner’s exempt list for failing to meet all the conditions of his reinstatement.
Asked about Gordon on multiple occasions after that, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll was only ever able to offer non-updates. Unfortunately, the update we finally received is not one anyone was hoping for.
Gordon will be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins.