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Browns’ Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement after 1-year suspension

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement from his indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, according to reports Wednesday.

Gordon, 24, was suspended for a minimum of a year on Feb. 3, 2015 after his third violation of the league’s policy. By NFL rule, Gordon could apply for reinstatement within 60 days of his suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell now has 60 days in which to rule on his reinstatement.

“To be reinstated, a player must demonstrate sustained abstinence,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “In support of their applications, players generally put forward verifiable testing records and/or submit to periodic NFL testing during the banishment period.”

Gordon failed a test for alcohol after the 2014 season, which came after a 10-game suspension following his July 2014 DWI arrest.

During his record-setting 2013 season in which he compiled 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, Gordon served yet another suspension. In 2014, he had only 24 receptions in five games without scoring a touchdown.

New Browns coach Hue Jackson was noncommittal when asked about Gordon last week.

“What I’m anxious to do is evaluate him just like we’re going to evaluate every player on our roster and see if they are the right fit for the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said. “That’s what we have to do with every player, whether that’s Josh Gordon to whoever the last guy is on the roster.”

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