While some in Foxboro think that NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell is the worst person to draw breath since George the 3rd, two NFL players were given a second chance over the Summer.

First, there is cause for celebration in Cleveland as commissioner Goodell reinstated WR Josh Gordon on a conditional basis.

Gordon was allowed to join the team at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Gordon’s clinical resources in Cleveland, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.

As we stated earlier, there was a condition. He’s going to sit out four games and will be eligible to return to the team starting Monday, October 3. During that suspension, he can participate in team meetings and other activities but may not attend or participate in practices or games.

Gordon had been suspended indefinitely since February 2015 without pay for multiple violations of the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

In a letter to Gordon, Commissioner Goodell wrote: “As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed. Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, Mr. Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal. But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices but it will be up to you to do so.”

When Gordon does return (assuming he does everything he is asked to do), it will be week five when he plays and he and the Browns will face off against the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in Cleveland in what some are already calling the “Suspension Bowl.” Brady will be coming off his four-game suspension for his role in “Deflatgate.”

While celebrating is taking place in Cleveland, there is also cause for jubilation in Miami as Dion Jordan was also reinstated on a conditional basis. Jordan, who was suspended indefinitely by the league since April of 2015 for multiple violations of the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program fo Substances of Abuse, will be allowed to join the Dolphins at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. According to the league office, once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Jordan’s clinical resources in Miami, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.

Prior to the start of the regular season, Jordan will meet with the NFL to review his progress. Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1 and he will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement.

Gordon (Cleveland) will miss…

Week 1 – at Philadelphia
Week 2 – BALTIMORE
Week 3 – at Miami
Week 4 – at Washington

Jordan (Miami) may miss…

Week 1 – at Seattle
Week 2 – at New England
Week 3 – Cleveland
Week 4 – at Cincinnati

So two players with talent that have made mistakes that could have cost them their lives, let alone their careers, will be getting a second chance to play on Sundays. They have, for the most part, been given second chances. Let’s hope they don’t blow their chances this time around.

 

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