Seattle Seahawks fans will have to wait a bit longer to see Josh Gordon return to the field.
Gordon, the former Pro Bowl and All-Pro receiver, is currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Trying to return to a Super Bowl for the first time since the 2014-15 season, the Seattle Seahawks re-signed Gordon hoping he’d play at some point. For right now, not even the Seahawks know when — or if — Gordon will return.
Josh Gordon has impressed when eligible
Josh Gordon’s story is that of a Greek tragedy — and it’s gotten worse as time has gone on.
When eligible, Josh Gordon has been one of the league’s most talented receivers; he earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2013 when he turned 87 catches into 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns as a second-year receiver.
The year before, Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a supplemental-draft pick from Baylor. Then came various off-field issues, which limited Gordon to five games in 2014 and none in 2015 or 2016.
Gordon returned in 2017 to average nearly 19 yards per catch on 18 receptions for the winless Browns, who traded him to New England early the next season.
Gordon blossomed for the Patriots, catching 40 passes for 720 yards and three scores in 11 games. The veteran wideout left the Patriots that December to focus on his mental health, a decision which coincided with another indefinite ban for violating the terms of his reinstatement.
New England still awarded Gordon a Super Bowl ring, though.
Seattle re-signed Gordon despite his current suspension
Although Josh Gordon caught 20 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown in six games with New England last year, the team cut him in October.
Seattle quickly signed Gordon, who caught seven passes for 139 yards in five games. However, Gordon received another indefinite suspension, his fifth, in December and became a free agent after the season.
Seattle re-signed Gordon on Sept. 3, 2020, over a week before the regular-season opened.
Seattle doesn’t know when Josh Gordon will be eligible
If the Seattle Seahawks were expecting Josh Gordon to suit up any time soon, they’re going to need to wait even longer.
Gordon remains suspended indefinitely and the Seahawks can’t do much of anything with him. League rules mandate Gordon can’t attend or participate in practice, study game plans, or even have regular contact with his team.
Gordon remains on the roster, although it is unknown if he will play for Seattle this season. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is thriving without Gordon, who played a minimal role last year before he was suspended.
Gordon turns 30 in April 2021 and is running out of chances in the NFL. Only time will tell if Gordon plays in the league again.