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Josh Gordon reinstatement news is good for Eagles and bad for the Cowboys, Giants

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Good news for the Birds.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

In somewhat surprising news, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated to the NFL, per official announcement from commissioner Roger Goodell. Gordon missed the entirety of the 2015 season after being suspended for repeatedly violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Though Gordon has been (conditionally) reinstated, he's not totally in the clear just yet. He still has to serve a four-game suspension to start the 2016 NFL season. This means that Gordon will not be available for the Browns when they play the Eagles in Philadelphia during Week 1. That's good news for the Birds because Gordon is a talented wide out. In 2013, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. And that was with the combination of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Brian Hoyer throwing to him.

It's also good news for the Eagles that Gordon will be back on the field in time for Cleveland's games against the Dallas Cowboys (Week 9) and New York Giants (Week 12). Even with Gordon, the Browns are expected to be a bad team this year, but his addition should make them at least a little better.


Note: the Eagles also won't have to face talented Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (pending appeal) while the Giants and Cowboys potentially will.