Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement in the first week of March, and his reinstatement has officially been denied by the NFL, according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero.
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Gordon had a breakout season in 2013 when he led the NFL in receiving with 1,646 yards on 87 receptions. Since then, he’s had plenty of off the field issues, resulting in four different suspensions. One of his suspensions, for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse, lasted the full 2015 season.
He’s sat out the past two seasons, and at 26 years old, he’s looking to restart his career while still relatively young for an NFL wide receiver. In 2016, he played well during the preseason while he was conditionally reinstated. As he was set to return in Week 5, he entered rehab instead, and didn’t play during the year.
But the problem wasn’t resolved. Since then, Zimmer has undergone six more surgeries to try and restore vision in his right eye.
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Zimmer said he thinks the most recent operation may do the trick and is hopeful it will be the last eye surgery for him, but he doesn’t want to get get ahead of himself.
I’ve thought that before, Zimmer said, via ESPN’s Ben Goessling.
Hopefully for Zimmer, taking a few weeks away from the team to rest and recover will let him finally put this issue behind him.
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 NFL.