Josh Gordon is hopeful to be able to play in the NFL again, and took the first step in the process Wednesday according to ESPN.
The report says that the Pats wide receiver has officially filed for reinstatement.
The decision on if Gordon can return to the league or not will come down to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He also will decide the time table for Gordon to be back.
Any decision would be based on whether Gordon has adhered to whatever treatment plan he is in.
The receiver was suspended on the 20th of December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy, missing the Patriots’ final two regular-season games and all three playoff games.
Last season Gordon pulled in 40 catches for New England for 720 yards and three scores after being traded from the Browns.
Gordon signed his restricted free-agent tender in April, meaning that if he is reinstated, he would be under contract with the Patriots for 2019 and scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.025 million.