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Josh Gordon reinstated for Browns; Dion Jordan reinstatement next?

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has seen his substance abuse suspension from the NFL conditionally lifted on Monday:

Gordon will be allowed to participate in training camp and the Preseason, but then will be away from the team for the first four weeks of the season. He will be able to participate in team meeting and activities during that time, but cannot practice with the team.

Gordon will be able to return to the team as a full-participant on October 3, heading into the team’s Week 5 game against the New England Patriots - who will be getting quarterback Tom Brady back from his four-game suspension for the DeflateGate scandal.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in January, but the league reportedly denied that initial request due to another failed drug test, reported to have been a dilute sample. He was expected to have to wait until August 1 for the league to consider his reinstatement again, but Gordon met with NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell last week.

Still pending reinstatement is Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, who applied for his return to the league following a year suspension for substance abuse on the first of June. The NFL has up to 60 days to rule on that application, meaning they technically have until the end of this month to make their decision. The Dolphins open training camp on Friday and would like to have a ruling prior to that so they can decide what to do with Jordan.

According to Jordan’s contract, if he is on the team’s roster on the fifth day of training camp, he is due a $1.7 million bonus.

Jordan is likely the next suspension on which the Commissioner’s office will rule. There has not been an indication yet as to when that ruling will come down.