It looks like we’ll never know just how dominant Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon could have been. According to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL denied Gordon’s petition for reinstatement. He can try again this fall.
Source: The NFL has denied #Browns WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement petition. He can reapply this fall.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 11, 2017
Gordon, 26, tore the NFL to shreds in 2013 when he registered 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s played in only five games since.
Gordon was suspended for 10 games in 2014 and all of the 2015 season after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. His chances of ever catching passes in the NFL again seem slim at best right now.
The Browns’ passing game will feature second-year talent Corey Coleman and free-agent signing Kenny Britt as the primary targets for whoever ends up starting under center.