Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement from his indefinite suspension from the NFL.
ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi first reported the news.
Gordon was suspended on Feb. 3 after his third violation of the league’s substance abuse policy in three years. The NFL began testing Gordon for alcohol after his second suspension, a 10-game ban stemming from a DWI arrest in July 2014. A failed alcohol test led to his third suspension.
The 24-year-old receiver led the league with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, but played in just five games for the Browns in 2013 because of his suspensions.
In order to be reinstated, Gordon must “demonstrate sustained abstinence” in interviews with the NFL medical director.
In December, Gordon said he was “relieved” by his one-year ban because it served as a wakeup call.
The league has 60 days to decide how it will rule on Gordon’s case.
- Erin Flynn