The NFL is now clarifying that it can rule on Josh Gordon's reinstatement "when appropriate,'' and the Browns aren't counting on him for 2016.
First, he has to be reinstated, which is no sure thing. Then, they have to see where his head is at.
They know where his body has been -- in the same vicinity as Johnny Manziel's a lot lately, but they're claiming that's not an issue at this point.
And now, the NFL is making it clear that the 60-day timeframe to rule on Gordon's reinstatement from his indefinite drug ban is a guideline and not written in stone.
Owners drafting early may want to slow their roll with Gordon given this language. It sounds as if the team isn't terribly optimistic about his return, and there's no telling when the league will rule on his request for reinstatement. He's currently being drafted at the end of the 3rd round and that's a steep price to pay for a player surrounded by this much uncertainty.
CLE QB Johnny Manziel - Week 17, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs Pittsburgh
As a runner, Johnny Manziel was stellar last Sunday, rushing for 108 yards as Cleveland pulled off a moral victory over the playoff-bound Chiefs. As a passer, Manziel was unable to accomplish much, throwing for 136 yards as he completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts. One particular low point took place when he threw a desperate pass to one of his linemen.
Manziel has a favorable matchup this week with the Steelers, but he may not be able to play because of a concussion. If he is able to go, he would be worth a look in 2QB leagues. Nevertheless, owners in most formats need to be seeking other alternatives.