ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 23: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the sideliens in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Browns Josh Gordon to apply for reinstatement

Schefter quoted Gordon’s business manager, Michael Johnson, in his report.

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“Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL,” Johnson said. “He has taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him. He’s also in the best shape of his life and feels even better than he did when he had his breakout year in 2013. This will be a special year for Josh and we are all very proud of the way he has taken the necessary steps to turn his life around.”

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.

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