As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Josh Gordon to their practice squad on Tuesday. The Chiefs only had 15 players on their practice squad, so it was not necessary to release another player to make room for the controversial wideout, who last played with the Seattle Seahawks in 2019.
The former Baylor wide receiver was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the NFL’s 2012 Supplemental Draft. In his second season, he was named an All-Pro after leading the league with 1,646 receiving yards — while playing in just 14 games.
Gordon has faced multiple suspensions during his career, completely missing two full seasons while playing for three different teams. At the conclusion of the 2019 season, the NFL suspended Gordon indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement. On Monday, the league lifted that suspension, opening the door for Gordon to sign with a team. On Monday afternoon, we learned that Gordon intended to sign with Kansas City.
In theory, Gordon could play in Sunday’s road game against the Philadelphia Eagles — but this should be considered unlikely. It is doubtful that the Chiefs would want the 30-year-old out on the field after only three days of learning the specifics of the Kansas City offense.
It’s more likely that Gordon will stay on the practice squad for at least a week, giving him time to adjust to the Chiefs’ offense — and giving the coaching staff the opportunity to fully evaluate his readiness to play. From that point, he could be elevated from the practice squad for as many as two games — or be activated directly to the active roster.
We expect to learn more about the Chiefs’ plans for Gordon when head coach Andy Reid speaks to reporters on Wednesday.