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The 25-year-old wideout was reinstated Monday on a conditional basis by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Gordon hasn't played in a game since December 2014 because of an indefinite ban for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
He'll still serve a four-game suspension to open the year, meaning the Browns have plenty of time to get him up to speed.
But it will take time. The Browns on Tuesday placed their back-from-suspension wideout on the active/non-football injury list after Gordon hurt his quadriceps while working out on his own this summer, per the team's official website. Gordon is expected to miss "at least a couple of weeks," according to the Browns.
The good news?
While Gordon can't practice or play during the first four weeks, he can remain with the team as he attempts to remain on the right path to full reinstatement.
Goodell called agent Drew Rosenhaus on Monday and explained that Goodell specifically opted to craft an outcome that allows Gordon to return to the team with the most support possible, despite the decision to keep him off the field for four additional weeks.
"He wants to give Josh another opportunity," Rosenhaus told Profootballtalk.com. "He liked Josh and wants to help him and he deserves another chance."
Gordon was at the complex Tuesday and met with coach Hue Jackson, executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown and other members of the franchise.
As NFL.com suggests, if Gordon can match his on-field exploits from 2013, when he led the league in receiving, he's the kind of player who can wholly transform an offense. The question in Cleveland boils down to who will start at quarterback -- and whether any of the team's signal-callers have the talent to pull this club out of the AFC North basement.
It's a story we'll all be following closely in coming weeks.