Josh Gordon could be set to return to the National Football League quicker than we all thought. The Cleveland Browns star receiver may be back in action this season if things pan out the right way.
Right now, the NFL and the league's Players Union are trying to hammer out an agreement on a new drug-testing policy and the players are reportedly set to think about voting on it on Friday if it is a good enough step in the right direction.
One of the possibilities of the new policy will be the immediate change of players that are currently banned under the old guidelines. That includes high profile receivers Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos and Josh Gordon.
There's been talk that Welker's suspension would be overturned completely, and now ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Gordon's year-long suspension is expected to be reduced to eight games.
That, obviously, would be great news for Gordon -- who recently said he definitely doesn't have a drug program and who's been spending his time lately as a car salesman.
So, when might this vote happen? As NFLPA spokesman George Atallah tweeted out Thursday night, it could be awfully soon. "NFLPA Player Representatives have been asked to set aside time tomorrow to review and potentially vote on new drug policies," Atallah tweeted out yesterday.
Excited to Return
Gordon himself is reported to be "very optimistic'' he'll be reinstated and playing for the Browns this season, his new boss told cleveland.com. "He thinks there's a good possibility,'' said Jeff Sarchione, co-owner of the Sarchione Auto Group that Gordon began working for this week. "He's excited about it.''
As you can imagine, his Browns teammates are also ecstatic about the possibility of a return, with Donte Whitner clearly showing his enthusiasm to have the NFL's best receiver in 2013 return.
So fantasy fans, if Gordon is still available to pick up then do it now. A short term loss in a bench player will definitely be worth the reward if you grab him for the tail end of the season.