FOXBOROUGH – With one pre-season game already completed for the New England Patriots, it seemed like the team would be headed towards a regular season in which the team's weakest link would once again be the receiving corps. Rookie wideout N'Keal Harry was expected to help bolster quarterback Tom Brady's options for throwing, but with the injuries to Demaryius Thomas, Julian Edelman, Philip Dorsett, and Cameron Meredith, the departure of Chris Hogan, and the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, Harry would not be enough all on his own.
Enter: the savior. Josh Gordon is back, baby! Last week, Josh Gordon applied to be reinstated to the NFL after being indefinitely suspended last December for once again violating the league's substance abuse policy. But Gordon admitted that it was his fault and that he wanted to seek treatment for his mental health and for his addiction. Clearly, he is striving to become better and healthier and, with the support of the entire team behind him, Gordon is making his comeback.
The 28-year-old receiver worked with Brady during the off-season and he helped show the team that he could still be of value.
It was announced yesterday that the NFL made the decision, after meeting with Gordon, to conditionally reinstate him, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, who broke the news over the course of a series of tweets. As for the conditional element of this reinstatement, Gordon is going to have to show commitment to continued treatment, along with complying with all of the league's edicts. Additionally, Gordon has not yet logged sufficient practice and training time to play in the second week of the pre-season, but he will be back as soon as possible.
Gordon was a jolt of energy to the team last season and he will be one of the most important players for the 2019 campaign, undoubtedly.
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