Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon will have to wait a little while longer before he is reinstated into the NFL after his suspension.
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the wide receiver failed another drug test last month, setting back his return to the league, with the test showing traces of marijuana and dilute, which can be used to mask substances.
Drew Rosenhaus, Gordon's agent, declined to comment on the diluted sample, and the NFL hasn't commented on the situation either, so he will not be allowed to reapply for a reinstatement until August 1.
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"His petition was denied. He may re-apply later in the year," a league spokesman told Rapoport. "We have no further comment."
This latest setback could be the final straw for Gordon's time at the Browns, as Sashi Brown, the Browns executive vice president of football operations, questioned his future with the franchise back in February at the NFL Scouting Combine.
She said: "We're very limited in terms of what we can do with communication and contact with Josh. Josh, we know, is working out and, by all signs, he's on the path to come back and be reinstated. It's a process that the team is not involved with. We will leave that, and I will not comment on that, but Josh is a tremendously talented young man."
This situation all goes back to when the wide receiver was previously suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse in February last year.
According to NFL.com on that occasion: "Gordon tested positive for alcohol, and later acknowledged he had two beers and two cocktails on a private jet to Las Vegas," but this was his third consecutive year he had served substance abuse ban.
We know Gordon has the talent, and he could do wonders for the Browns if he is reinstated to the side. Despite being banned for two games at the start of the 2013 season, he was the NFL receiving yards leader by the end of the year. That was with Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden at quarterback. The potential is there, and Cleveland is desperate to utilize it.
Other than Gary Barnidge at tight end, there really isn't a better-than-average player on the Browns offense. They're currently resting on the shoulders of Robert Griffin III, just hoping he can rediscover the form that showed him to have so much promise in his rookie season with the Washington Redskins.
If the Browns can get Gordon on the field, and both him and RG3 connect straight from the off, it could potentially ruin the current dynamic of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals dominating the AFC North.
But it all depends on if the wide receiver is reinstated into the league on August 1 when he reapplies. We'll have to wait and see.
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