Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordons trip to the active rosters has taken an abrupt turn. A day after being placed on the Seahawks 53 active man roster the wide out is back where he started football wise according to Tom Pelissero and the Seattle Times Bob Condotta who broke the story.
The NFL notified the Seahawks Tuesday morning that Gordon had not completely complied with the terms of his conditional statement. Gordon can attend team meetings but cannot practice with the team. The news is an obvious setback to the Seahawks and Gordon.
During Mondays press conference Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he had looked Gordon’s work out videos and that team was looking forward to Gordon practicing and playing on Sunday against the LA Rams.
“I’m anxious to see how he looks quickness-wise with everybody else,” Carroll said Monday. “Last year he jumped in, and it was immediately obvious that he could compete. I’ll be surprised if he’s not like that, because his workouts have looked so good. But we’ll see what happens.”
For Gordon the news is another set back in his journey to put his life back together on and off the field. The Seahawks claimed Gordon off the waiver wire in 2019 after the New England Patriots cut ties with him after six games. Gordon was inactive for three games then debut with the Seahawks on November 11th against the 49ers. After five games with the Seahawks Gordon was suspended indefinitely for violating the Leagues Substance abuse and performance enhancement policy.
His yearlong suspension was conditionally lifted on December 3rd . After clearing the league’s COVID-19 protocol Gordon began attending team meetings and individual workouts.
The Seahawks have two remaining games then the playoffs. It is highly unlikely that Gordon will play this Sunday against the Rams if permitted to practice this week. If Gordon is reinstated and all systems are a go he could see action against the 49ers. All of this is optimistic thinking for the Seahawks and Gordon. The Seahawks could use the sure handed receiver and a return to practice and game action would be a monumental personal triumph for Gordon.