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Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement into NFL as anniversary of suspension nears

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The Cleveland Browns look increasingly likely to get rid of one troublemaker this offseason with Johnny Manziel's time in Ohio appearing all but over.

Reports today, however, suggest the franchise could see the return of another controversial player before the 2016 season begins.

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That's after various publications revealed that Josh Gordon has applied to be reinstated into the NFL after sitting out the entire 2015 campaign through suspension.

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Gordon was, of course, suspended indefinitely back in February 2015 having fallen foul of the NFL's substance abuse policy whilst a participant in the league's intervention program.

ESPN reports that the wide receiver has taken the opportunity to apply for reinstatement now that he is within 60 days of the anniversary of that suspension.

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With three separate suspensions to his name since arriving at the Browns in 2012, there is no doubt the 24-year-old carries with him some major baggage.

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And, should Gordon be allowed back in the league, it remains to be seen whether new Cleveland head coach, Hue Jackson, would want him at the franchise.

Talent

With no fresh reports of misdemeanours since his suspension came into force, however, it does appear that the wideout may have turned over a new leaf.

Gordon is undoubtedly an elite level talent on his day - he hold three Browns receiving records to date - and would be a serious upgrade on any of Cleveland's current receiving corp should he return.

Per ESPN, the NFL's decision on his reinstatement will be known "within 60 days of the receipt of his application."

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