NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots’ Josh Gordon

The NFL has conditionally reinstated New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Gordon on Friday that on Sunday, Gordon can rejoin the team for meetings and conditioning and individual workouts. After that, according to a league statement, “Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities, including practice.”

But Gordon is barred from next Thursday’s game because of a lack of sufficient conditioning and practice time.

Gordon had been suspended indefinitely since December 2018 for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He has been suspended several times by the NFL for violations of its drug policies since being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, and missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who worked out with Gordon in the offseason, is one of Gordon’s biggest supporters.

“There weren’t many opportunities, but he was around and I needed someone to catch,” Brady said last month. “I’ve always enjoyed playing with him and obviously hope everything works out for him. I’m hoping for the best, certainly.”

Wagner practices: Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had been sidelined for two weeks after knee surgery, was back on the practice field. Wagner has been an All-Pro selection for three straight seasons and last year had 138 tackles.

The team did not say whether he will play in any of its three remaining preseason games.

“I’m ready. I’m good,” Wagner said. “I definitely want to get out there because we don’t get a chance to tackle at practice. I’ve been trying to get as many mental reps as I can but it would be good to hit somebody.”

Injury report: New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson, who led the team with 120 tackles last season, is expected to miss the season after tearing his right ACL in a preseason win at Atlanta on Thursday. … Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James, who started all 16 games last season, suffered a stress fracture in his right foot Thursday, reported, and will be sidelined for several weeks. … Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford, who has started 76 games in his five NFL seasons, is out indefinitely because of a broken leg suffered this week, the NFL Network reported.

Notable: The Philadelphia Eagles signed offensive lineman Brett Toth to a three-year deal. Toth, who turns 23 on Sept. 1, was the first Army player to participate in the Senior Bowl. He graduated from West Point in 2018 and began his two-year service commitment, serving as an assistant coach at Army last season. But a new process undertaken by the Trump administration allows service academy graduates to apply for a waiver, if they have a chance to play professionally. … Cincinnati guard Christian Westerman has left the team to ponder his future. Westerman, 26, was placed on an exempt list but could return. The fourth-year veteran has played in 16 games, starting two.

Friday’s preseason games: Josh Allen completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown and the Bills beat the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. 27-14. … Eli Manning and heir apparent Daniel Jones threw first-half touchdown passes against Chicago backups and the Giants won 32-13 against the Bears in East Rutherford, N.J. … Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen went 10-for-18 for 102 yards during the first half in the Dolphins’ 16-14 loss to the host Buccaneers. Rosen, battling with 15-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job, helped Miami to two field goals and a 6-3 halftime lead.

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