Former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon is expected to make his long-anticipated return to the NFL this week.
Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said Monday that Gordon will likely return for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, per ESPN’s Pat McManamon.
“My plans for him? Oh boy, let me tell you,” Jackson said. “I got big plans for him. I plan for him to play and play as much as he can handle.”
Gordon missed the entirety of the 2015 and 2016 seasons because of drug-related suspensions. He has been suspended for 43 of Cleveland’s past 48 games.
But Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards in 2013. He’s still only 26.
Gordon played at Baylor in 2009 and 2010. He said in an interview with GQ that Baylor’s coaches “ more than likely” were aware of his drug usage.
The NFL conditionally reinstated Gordon on Nov. 1. Monday marked the first day he was eligible to be put back on the active roster, though the Browns have held off on activating Gordon for now.
“He needs to play, needs to get out there and play,” Jackson told reporters, “but we have to see where he is and make sure how much can he handle, how much can he do.”
Gordon returned to practice Wednesday. Assuming he plays Sunday in Los Angeles, he’ll have five games remaining this season.
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