Josh Gordon is one of the most talented wide receivers we've seen in the NFL in recent years. He's also been unable to stay on the field.
After a huge breakout season for the Cleveland Browns in 2013, going for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite being surrounded by little talent, he played in just 11 games between 2014-17 due to suspensions stemming from a litany of personal issues.
Last season, he played one game for the Browns, before being traded to the New England Patriots. He caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns from Tom Brady.
The issues followed him, though. On December 20, he stepped away from the game, and it was later announced that he had been banned indefinitely by the league for violating the terms of his reinstatement.
Josh Gordon's status has been up in the air, but moments ago, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter announced that he has been reinstated ahead of the 2019 season.
That is huge news for the Patriots, which are looking to piece things together with superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski retiring following last season.
The Pats used a first round pick on Arizona State star N'Keal Harry, acquired former Denver Broncos star Demariyus Thomas, and some more unheralded guys, like N.C. State product Jakobi Meyers, have impressed.
Still, adding a talent like Josh Gordon, if he can build on a relatively promising 2018, can be a gamechanger for the Patriots.
According to Schefter, Gordon will be "good to go" to rejoin the team for the regular season.
The Patriots open their season on September 8, with a big AFC rivalry clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team's preseason continues on Saturday night, with a 7 p.m. game against the Tennessee Titans. It is unclear if he'll suit up for the final preseason game on August 29 against the New York Giants.