Seahawks news: Impact of Josh Gordon being reinstated

By Vincent Frank
Nov 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) catches the ball and is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks news: Troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated from suspension by the NFL after his latest violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. For Gordon, this might very well be his final chance to make it in the NFL.

Seahawks news: Impact of Josh Gordon being reinstated by the NFL

According to Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer, Gordon has been conditionally reinstated and is eligible to play in the Seahawks’ final two regular-season games as well as the playoffs.

This could very well be a shot in the arm for MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the 8-3 Seahawks down the stretch. Wilson is already making sweet music with second-year wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who has caught 58 passes for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games.

Meanwhile, the reliable Tyler Lockett has tallied 70 catches for 771 yards and eight touchdowns while hauling in 76.1% of his passes through 11 games.

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Seahawks depth chart at wide receiver

  • D.K. Metcalf: 58 catches, 1,039 yards, nine touchdowns
  • Tyler Lockett: 70 catches, 771 yards, eight touchdowns
  • David Moore: 27 catches, 331 yards, five touchdowns
  • Freddie Swain: 10 catches, 134 yards, one touchdown

If Gordon can prove himself to the Seahawks during practice, he’ll likely slot in as the fourth option behind Metcalf, Lockett and Moore, providing Wilson with yet another major weapon.

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Seahawks news: Can the team rely on Josh Gordon?

Seahawks news: Josh Gordon
Sep 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

That’s the major question mark given the former NFL leading receiver’s off-field history since he joined the NFL as a member of the Cleveland Browns back in 2012. Now 29, Gordon has had major substance abuse issues throughout his career.

  • 2013: Suspended two games
  • 2014: Suspended 10 games
  • 2015: Suspended entire season
  • 2016: Suspended four games
  • 2017: Suspended first 11 games
  • 2018: Suspended indefinitely
  • 2019: Suspended indefinitely

All said, Gordon has suited up in a grand total of 24 regular-season games since the end of the 2014 NFL season. This Seahawks news comes with the team at 8-3 on the season and one game ahead of the Los Angeles Rams in the ultra-competitive NFC West.

If everything goes according to plan, Gordon will suit up Week 16 against the Los Angeles Rams and the Seahawks’ season finale against the division-rival San Francisco 49ers.

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