Josh Gordon and Martavis Bryant could see the NFLPA soon begin the process of filing for their reinstatement to the NFL, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Dec. 20 for violating terms of his reinstatement. Pelissero reports there is no set date the Patriots wide receiver and Raiders wide receiver Bryant, who was suspended indefinitely Dec. 14 for the same offense, can apply to rejoin the league. But “if they follow their treatment plans, expect the NFLPA to lay groundwork starting in May,” Pelissero reports.
A report earlier this week noted Gordon is “doing better” in drug treatment at an inpatient facility in Gainesville, Fla. The Patriots reportedly are paying for the treatment. Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards with three touchdowns in 11 games with the Patriots this season. He also caught one 17-yard touchdown with the Browns before he was traded to New England.
Bryant had 19 catches for 266 yards with the Raiders before going on the IR with a knee injury. He had been playing while his year-long suspension was under appeal. Bryant, who like Gordon has served previous suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, is set to become a free agent this offseason.
Pelissero notes both Gordon and Bryant could be reinstated in time for training camp. “Of course, this can’t be said enough: everything depends on getting better and following their treatment plans. That’s where the focus is now,” he reported.