WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement denied by NFL

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He can reapply this fall. He can reapply this fall.

BREAKING (but not really): Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement into the NFL has been denied by the league.

Gordon is on indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

Gordon was close to returning from that suspension and playing for the Browns on October 9 against the New England Patriots when he announced September 29 he would instead step away from his comeback attempt to enter inpatient rehabilitation.

Shortly before he was set to return from that four-game suspension, Gordon checked himself into rehab.

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In March, his business manager Michael Johnson told ESPN's Adam Schefter, "Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the National Football League".

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown indicated at this year's NFL owners meetings that if Gordon were to be reinstated by the NFL, he might have a chance to remain with the team despite their previous statements of wanting to move on from the wide receiver. "Our decision with Josh is just understanding where he is in this process and being able to have him", Brown said.

"But we're not in a position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel like he's settled himself". The Browns, meanwhile, have done everything in their power to keep themselves at arm's length with Gordon, carefully balancing not wanting the distraction with knowing full well that they could use his talent in the event the effort was made to rejoin the league.

Even if Gordon was reinstated, there is no guarantee that he would wear the number 12 for the Browns ever again. The 26-year-old was suspended for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014, all 16 games in 2015 season and the first four games this year.

He has not played in a game since December 21, 2014.

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