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Wide receiver Josh Gordon, suspended from the NFL after violating the league’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substance abuse, is joining the upstart Fan Controlled Football (FCF).

Gordon, a Pro Bowler who has been suspended by the NFL five times, has signed a contract with the league, per FCF CEO Sohrob Farudi, and is expected to play with quarterback Johnny Manziel as a member of the Zappers. Farudi said that FCF founders had approved Gordon and that the Zappers would franchise tag him for Week 4 and for the rest of the season. 

Gordon and Manziel were previously teammates with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and 2015.

Bryan Kirsch, communications advisor for the FCF, said Gordon will need to go through quarantine and be cleared by the FCF medical staff before he plays. Gordon is expected to play in Week 4 assuming he passes COVID-19 protocols, Farudi said.

The FCF, which is playing all of its games at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia, enters its third week of play Saturday.

Manziel was out of action Saturday after undergoing dental surgery earlier in the week, Farudi confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.  

Gordon, 29, was conditionally reinstated to the NFL in December as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. But in January the NFL rescinded Gordon’s conditional reinstatement for breaking terms of his reinstatement, putting him back on indefinite suspension.

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