Berea, Ohio – — Josh Gordon, Cleveland’s star wide receiver, was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games after the league announced changes to its drug policy on Friday.
The league and Players’ Association reached agreement on revisions to the substance-abuse program two days after announcing changes on performance-enhancing drugs.
“I’m happy that the NFLPA and NFL worked hard to agree on a new substances of abuse policy,” Gordon said in a statement. “I’m very thankful to my union for fighting for a significant reduction in my suspension. I’m glad I can go to the facility during my suspension. I look forward to going to meetings, working out individually, and learning from my coaches and teammates.
“I can’t wait until Game 11 to get back on the field!”
Gordon, who has at least four known drug violations, has already served two games of the suspension. He will be eligible to play Nov. 23 when the Browns visit Atlanta and could be back for Cleveland’s final six games.
Gordon’s 10-game suspension will cost him more than $800,000. He’ll be paid more than $300,000 if he plays in those last six games.
Authorities in Minnesota have filed a petition seeking a protective order for the son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The petition asks a judge to block Peterson from using any corporal punishment or physical discipline on the 4-year-old boy.
... Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has been suspended for the second time this year for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and he must sit out the next four games without pay. As a result, he’ll miss the season’s first six games.
... Police say they responded to an argument at 49ers lineman Ray McDonald’s home in San Jose, California, three months before his arrest there on suspicion of domestic violence.
... Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the league.
Hester sets record
Devin Hester now holds the NFL record for most return touchdowns. He broke a tie with Deion Sanders Thursday night when he took a punt 56 yards to the end zone in the Falcons’ 56-14 blowout of the Buccaneers.
Arizona placed defensive end John Abraham on injured reserve, ending his season.
He sustained a concussion in the season opener against San Diego.
... Arizona coach Bruce Arianssays former Lions quarterback Drew Stanton will start against San Francisco on Sunday.
Carson Palmer is out with a nerve problem in his shoulder.