One day after officially being activated by the Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver Josh Gordon had his return to the field put on hold following an apparent setback in his battle with substance abuse.
The Seahawks were informed Tuesday that the former All-Pro receiver had not satisfied the terms of his conditional reinstatement from suspension. That means he won’t be allowed to practice with the team or play in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, hasn’t played in a game in over a year because of his substance abuse issues. He’s been suspended five times since entering the league in 2012, including for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The Seahawks re-signed Gordon to a one-year contract this offseason, knowing he had to be reinstated to play.
That moment seemed close at hand earlier this week when the team cleared a spot on the 53-man roster to activate Gordon.
“We’re planning the week like he has a chance to contribute,” head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday.
However, he will instead remain on the commissioner’s exempt list indefinitely.