The NFL’s decision to hand Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon his latest suspension came after multiple violations, and that those violations for ‘more than marijuana,’ according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
From @GMFB Weekend: #Patriots WR Josh Gordon had multiple violations of the drug policy and it was more than marijuana, sources say. He has to show he's clean for a sustained period of time to return. pic.twitter.com/pvmJ9nZ4eg— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 23, 2018
“Josh Gordon was suspended for multiple violations of the NFL-NFLPA substance abuse policy,” Rapoport said in the video linked above. “It’s not like it was, says, one missed test, it was multiple and from what I am also told it is more than marijuana. So, clearly, for Josh Gordon this exiting from football to focus on his health is something that is needed.”
Overall, this is the fifth suspension of Gordon’s turbulent NFL career, and the fourth as a result of substance abuse.
But Rapoport has not ruled out the possibility of Gordon being cleared to return to football in 2019.
“This is an indefinite suspension; he would have to show the NFL and show Roger Goodell that he is clean for a sustained period of time,” Rapoport said. “Could he back possibly by the start of the 2019 season? From what I understand it is possible. It would, of course, be a little bit quick but it is possible for that to happen.”
The 27-year-old Gordon totaled 720 yards on 40 catches (three for touchdowns) in 11 games for the Patriots this year.