Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has had his petition for reinstatement denied by the NFL, according to Cleveland'com's Mary Kay Cabot.
Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season for violating the league's substanse abuse policy, and reportedly failed another drug test last month.
According to Fox Sports, Gordon's sample was collected in early March and tested positive for marijuana and dilute. Both the "A" and "B" samples collected were positive for marijuana and dilute. While the level of marijuana was below the minimum required for a positive test, the diluted sample makes it a positive one.
Gordon can apply for reinstatement again on August 1, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that as long as he doesn't fail another drug test between now and then, he should be reinstated.
Josh Gordon's potential reinstatement will be delayed until NFL feels comfortable he has 60-90 days of no red-flag tests, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2016
Gordon was the NFL's leading WR in 2013, and the Browns were hoping to pair with QB Robert Griffin III, his former college teammate. Gordon hasn't played a full 16-game season since his rookie year in 2012 because of suspensions. He missed the first two games of 2013, 10 games in 2014 and then all of last season.Back to the Cleveland Browns Newsfeed