Once again, New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon’s career has hit a bump in the road.
Gordon announced suddenly on Thursday he was stepping away from the Patriots to focus on his mental health. It wasn’t voluntary.
After Gordon’s announcement, NFL Media’s Tom Pelisero reported that the wideout was facing an indefinite ban. The NFL confirmed that hours later, saying in a statement, “Effective today, Josh Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.”
It looked for a while like Gordon, who has immense talent but hasn’t been able to shake the demons that have kept him off the field for various suspensions due to substance abuse, had found a positive home with the Patriots. Now he faces many more questions, as do the Patriots as they head into the playoffs.