NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Gordon from an indefinite suspension on a conditional basis in July, with one of the conditions being that he had to remain sober through the first four games of the season. Gordon checked into rehab in September, at which point head coach Hue Jackson said the team was to "move on."
“What’s best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,” Jackson said in September. “He’s not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we’re moving forward. We’re going to move on.’
“Obviously Josh is not here and doing what he thinks he needs to for his life which we support 100 percent and after today, today is really the last Josh Gordon comment I want to make about that,” Jackson added.
Cleveland still owns the rights to Gordon through the 2017 season.