Josh Gordon Failed Another Drug Test?

Ryan Glasspiegel

Josh Gordon applied for NFL reinstatement in February, and has yet to hear back. While 60 days would be the typical deadline for Roger Goodell to decide, there has apparently been a hangup over a clouded drug test. Mike Garafolo reports for Fox Sports:

"Gordon’s sample, which was collected in early March, tested positive for marijuana and dilute, according to a source informed of the results of the test. The source added that both the “A” and “B” samples collected were positive for marijuana and dilute. Though the level of marijuana was below the 35 nanograms per milliliter required for a positive test, the diluted sample is considered a positive test."

Reportedly, this does not yet in and of itself mean that Gordon will remain suspended indefinitely. However, the fact that the news has gotten out before the ruling, coupled with the report that the receiver is living with his embattled former teammate Johnny Manziel, may make it challenging for Gordon to receive a favorable result.

Gordon was suspended for violating the league substance abuse policy in February of 2015, and received previous suspensions in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, when he was suspended for 10 games, he claimed to have inhaled secondhand smoke.

For the record, I believe that it is completely nonsensical for NFL players, or anyone, to be disciplined for marijuana use. Nevertheless, if Gordon indeed wants to resume his football career, he is gravely aware of the stakes of another murky test. This is also a time where should be distancing himself, at least temporarily, from Manziel, who is under investigation for domestic violence and on an apparent mission to become the Cal Ripken of going out to nightclubs.

It remains to be seen how Roger Goodell and the NFL will rule, but this does not look good for Josh Gordon.