It’s been made official. All-Pro wide receiver, Josh Gordon who led the league last season with over 1,600 receiving yards, will be running routes for the Cleveland Browns and his fantasy team owners alike this season. For those fantasy team owners who showed a little faith and had room on their rosters to stash the suspended wide receiver, you’ll have the Pro Bowler for the last six games of the NFL season.
There was a new agreement in place between the NFL and the NFL Players Association that was reach this past Friday, regarding substance abuse and performance enhancing drugs. Due to that agreement, Gordon will be on fantasy rosters for the home stretch of the majority of fantasy leagues playoff runs and push for their championships.
The 23 year old Gordon, who had been suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season for repeatedly violating the league’s substance abuse policy, is now two games into his reduced 10 game suspension. He’s set to return to the field as early as November 23rd. In a statement Gordan said, “I’m happy that the NFLPA and NFL worked hard to agree on a new substances of abuse policy. I’m very thankful to my union for fighting for a significant reduction in my suspension. I’m glad I can go to the facility during my suspension. I look forward to going to meetings, working out individually, and learning from my coaches and teammates. I can’t wait until game 11 to get back on the field!’’
Other players who had their suspensions reduced due the settled agreement are: Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey who are all listed as (Probable) and eligible to return to action as early as today, September 21, 2014.
Protecting the NFL shield has been a top priority of NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. With all of the turmoil that’s plagued the NFL and its players this season, I’m happy to see they’ve finally addressed this concerning issue. Maybe now they can focus more of their attention on getting the other areas of their house in order.