The Seattle Seahawks have added 2013 NFL receiving yards leader Josh Gordon to their 53-man roster and waived fellow wideout Penny Hart to make room for the 2013 First-team All-Pro receiver. Gordon, who hasn't played since last season's Week 15, was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy toward the end of 2019.
The NFL reinstated Gordon earlier this month and the Seahawks were willing to give another chance to the 2013 NFL receiving yards leader. "We've got to get him on the practice field and see what he looks like and all," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said.
"He's been working out really hard. I've been able to watch his workouts on video a couple times here to see that he's in really good shape -- he's really big and strong, too. So we're excited to see how he does.
We are planning the week like he has a chance to contribute, so we'll see. We'll hold out a good hope and thought and see where it fits."
Gordon could suit up for the Seahawks this week
This Sunday, the Seahawks face a tough opponent on their home field as they are set to take on the Los Angeles Rams and coach Carroll hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing Gordon.
"Our guys practice at a really high clip," Carroll said. "I'm anxious to see how he fits in. He's a really impressive athlete. He's a big kid and moves so well and so gracefully. I'm anxious to see how he looks quickness-wise with everybody else.
Last year, he jumped in and it was immediately obvious that he could compete. I'll be surprised if he's not like that because his workouts have looked so good, but we'll see what happens." The Seahawks defeated the Washington Football Team on the road this past Sunday and clinched a playoff berth with the win.
"It's huge," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said after the team earned a playoff berth. "It gives us a chance to try to do what we want to do, and that's win a Super Bowl, and try to bring a Super Bowl back home to Seattle.
I think that it's been a crazy year just thinking about everything that we've had to go through with COVID and the whole process of everything, the daily testing, Zoom calls, and it's been a challenging season.
To be able to come to this point where we know that we have another chance to keep going, is a huge deal and it's definitely a blessing, for sure. I'm grateful to be able to be back in the playoffs again. It's something that you can't take for granted."