Report: Gordon could play under a new drug agreement

Published 09/05 2014 02:18PM

Updated 09/05 2014 02:18PM

Cleveland, OH ( - If the NFL and NFL Players Association agree to a revised drug policy, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon might be eligible for reinstatement this season, according to a report., citing two league sources, said Gordon could be reinstated if the two sides can come to agreement soon.

If Gordon tested positive for marijuana use prior to the beginning of the NFL year on March 11, the new policy wouldn't apply to him, according to the report.

However, another source told the website that Gordon could possible still be reinstated because the sides are still working through which players would fall under the new policy.

The NFL and players union have reportedly been negotiating, among other things, implementing HGH testing and raising the threshold for marijuana under the testing policy.

Gordon, 23, lost his appeal in August. His attorneys argued he was a victim of secondhand marijuana smoke.

He led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season despite being suspended the first two games and docked four game checks for failing a drug test. He claimed to have inadvertently ingested codeine contained in his prescribed cough syrup.

Gordon was selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft following multiple positive drug tests while in college at Baylor and Utah. He was also arrested and charged with driving while impaired in North Carolina last month.

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