Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will be conditionally reinstated by the NFL after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell last week, and he will begin the season by serving a four-game suspension, the league announced on Monday.
Gordon, 25, has not played since December 2014 after a failed drug test. In April, the NFL denied his application for reinstatement after a second failed test.
In a letter to Gordon, Goodell said that he “wanted nothing more than to see [Gordon] turn [his] circumstances around and succeed.”
Gordon played just five games in 2014 before his season was cut short due to suspension. He caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns during his breakout 2013 season.