Wide receiver Josh Gordon, suspended from the NFL after violating the league’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substance abuse, is joining the upstart Fan Controlled Football (FCF).
Gordon, a Pro Bowler who has been suspended by the NFL five times, is expected to play with quarterback Johnny Manziel as a member of the Zappers. But league spokesman Bryan Kirsch said team owners still need to vote on the matter.
Each of the league’s four teams is allowed a franchise player, who is guaranteed to play for that team throughout the six-week season. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, is the Zappers’ franchise player.
With that exception, rosters for the league’s teams are picked by fans during a weekly draft.
Gordon and Manziel were previously teammates with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and 2015.
Gordon, 29, didn't play in the 2020 NFL season. (Photo: Brian Blanco, AP)
Kirsch, communications advisor for the FCF, said Gordon will need to go through quarantine and be cleared by the FCF medical staff before he plays.
The FCF, which is playing all of its games at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Ga., enters its third week of play Saturday.
Manziel will be out of action after undergoing dental surgery earlier in the week, according to TMZ Sports.
Gordon, 29, was conditionally reinstated to the NFL in December as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. But in January the NFL rescinded Gordon’s conditional reinstatement for breaking terms of his reinstatement, putting him back on indefinite suspension.
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