Report: Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely again after latest substance abuse issues

Ryan Young
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Just weeks after he was banned from practicing and playing with the Seahawks due to a “setback with his substance abuse” issues, the NFL has once again suspended Seattle receiver Josh Gordon.

Gordon, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, has now been suspended indefinitely.

Gordon suffered a ‘setback’ with substance abuse battle

Gordon hasn’t played since 2019, when the NFL suspended him for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs and substances of abuse. He played in just five games for Seattle that season after starting out the year with the Patriots, though they released him midway through the year.

That suspension marked the eighth of his career, either from the league or a team, though most had been related to alcohol or marijuana.

He was set to make his season debut with the Seahawks last month after the league reinstated him. That, however, didn’t last long, as the league banned him from practice after he failed to comply with the terms of his conditional reinstatement.

Pelissero described Gordon’s issues then as “a setback in his battle with substance abuse,” though did not provide specifics.

Gordon, 29, had seven receptions for 139 yards in 2019 for the Seahawks. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Seattle before last season, and is now an unrestricted free agent.

Now that he has been suspended indefinitely, it’s unclear when — or if — Gordon will be able to find his way back onto the field in the future.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon
Now a free agent and facing an indefinite suspension, Josh Gordon's future in the league is in question. (Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

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