NFL: Decision on Josh Gordon reinstatement will be made 'when appropriate'

Browns director of football operations Sashi Brown on how the team will handle Josh Gordon if the receiver is reinstated by the NFL: "We would sit down with him and see where his head is and go from there." Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

It has been reported that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement to the NFL on Jan. 20 after missing the entire 2015 season with a suspension for a substance abuse violation.

Though it was widely noted that the NFL would have 60 days to make a decision on Gordon's reinstatement, an NFL spokesman recently clarified the timeline to ESPN's Field Yates: "There is no requirement that a reinstatement decision be made in 60 days. We endeavor to develop the necessary information to make a decision in that time frame, but the actual decisions are made when appropriate."

Sunday marked 60 days since the reported date of Gordon's reinstatement application, and official word on the NFL's decision has not yet been handed down.

The NFL policy does leave wiggle room for the decision to take longer than 60 days. It states, "All individuals involved in the process will take steps to enable the Commissioner to render a decision within 60 days of the receipt of the application."

For now, the wait continues for Gordon, the NFL's receiving yards leader in 2013.

Browns coach Hue Jackson and director of football operations Sashi Brown said Monday at the NFL's owners meetings that the team needed to have a conversation with Gordon if he is reinstated to determine his frame of mind before deciding whether he would be back with the Browns.

"Any time we've got a player that's been suspended for that amount of time and had some of the challenges Josh has had thus far in his career, you need to sit down with him and understand where his head is before you bring him back into your locker room," Brown said. "From everyone I've heard, Josh is eager to get back and start playing."

Playing with the Browns or playing in general?

"Start playing, and you shouldn't read anything into that one way or the other," he said. "We had some discussions with his representatives at the combine, so we would sit down with him and see where his head is and go from there. The first step, though, obviously is he's got to be reinstated.

Browns NFL Nation reporter Pat McManamon contributed to this report.