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The NFL to delay reinstatement decision after Josh Gordon's latest failed drugs test

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When Hue Jackson accepted the role of head coach at the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this year, he likely did so expecting to be able to welcome back the franchise's star wide receiver, Josh Gordon, for the 2016 NFL season.

The 2013 Pro Bowler has been seeking reinstatement to the league after serving a suspension, handed down last February, for failing a test for alcohol consumption - the latest in a line of substance abuse policy infractions.

That scenario was thrown into major doubt yesterday after a Fox Sports report claimed Gordon had failed another test as recently as March. All hope might not be lost for the wideout, however, after ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed the NFL's position on the issue.


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Per Schefter, the NFL will still consider Gordon's application for reinstatement - originally made on January 20th - but only after it "feels comfortable he has 60-90 days of no red-flag tests."

This leaves the door open for the 24-year-old to play in the 2016 season, although, of course, this latest reported failed test is unlikely to sit well with those making the final decision on his NFL status.

The failed test itself was, according to ESPN, for marijuana. Although Gordon isn't believed to have tested above the 35 nanogram threshold, both his A and B samples were found to contain traces of the drug and dilute. Any test results containing dilute are an automatic fail under the NFL's guidelines.

With 2015's leading receiver Travis Benjamin having departed the Browns for the San Diego Chargers this offseason, the Cleveland franchise is in need of talent at the position as they prepare for the upcoming campaign.

Being able to welcome back a player who has 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns to his name in Browns colours would have been an immediate upgrade. Especially with recent reports pointing to Gordon having matured during his year away from the game.

This may still be a possibility but it certainly looks like the former Baylor star has put his future in the game in increased jeopardy in recent weeks.

While Browns fans and the NFL may be concerned by the most recent update, it doesn't look like the player himself is too worried.

Soon after the reports of his latest indiscretion had surfaced, Gordon took to Twitter to post the following message:

Depending on when in March the test results were returned, the NFL's reported 60-90 day "no red-flag" period would mean the very earliest Gordon could expect to discover the answer to his reinstatement request would be mid-May.

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