SEATTLE — An ESPN report Tuesday stated that veteran receiver Josh Gordon has successfully completed an "NFL-monitored treatment program" and that the league's players union "has recommended to the NFL that he be reinstated."
ESPN further reported that Gordon is awaiting final approval from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to return but that "he is said to be ready to play and vaccinated."
As of Tuesday afternoon, it was unclear when Gordon might receive that approval.
But once he receives it, Gordon will be free to sign with any team. And assuming he is eventually cleared to play, speculation will inevitably focus on the Seahawks as a team potentially interested in signing him.
The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers midway through the 2019 season, and he played five games for Seattle before being suspended for violating league policies on both performance-enhancing drugs and substances of abuse.
Seattle then re-signed Gordon late in training camp before the 2020 season. But at that time, Gordon remained on the suspended list.
Gordon was conditionally reinstated on Dec. 3, and the Seahawks promoted him to the active roster three weeks later before a game against the Rams.
But it was then revealed that Gordon had a setback in his recovery and would be ineligible to play.
Gordon did not play in 2020 and after the season, he was suspended indefinitely. After his one-year contract lapsed, he became a free agent in March.
Gordon had been suspended by either a team or the league eight times before last season, derailing a career that began promisingly when Gordon was an All-Pro in 2013 with Cleveland, catching 87 passes for 1,646 yards.