The 26-year-old will be eligible - at the team's discretion - to return to active status on November 27 or remain on the commissioner's exempt list for an additional week before returning to active status.
If he is active, Gordon could suit up for the Browns as soon as Week 13 on Sunday, Dec. 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Browns, who have started 0-8 this season and are 1-15 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, have control of his contract for two more seasons. Troubles with drugs got him suspended from the league but he has been given a chance to return to the NFL on a conditional basis and rejoins his team with expectations sure to be weighty.
The league announced the move on Wednesday evening.More news: HAPPENING TODAY: Free tacos at Taco Bell
"Whether that happens, however, at the end of the day will depend on Josh". Earlier in the month, he spoke in a video about his substance-abuse problems, saying he'd been a frequent user of alcohol, as well as "Xanax on many occasions, cocaine several occasions, marijuana most of my life, codeine, cough syrup".
For the sake of Browns Nation, I hope Gordon realizes how lucky he is and stays on task. "I need to try to make right for all my past transgressions and mistakes and show and prove I can be a better person, a better man".
Gordon hasn't played in the National Football League since 2014 and has been suspended indefinitely since September 2016 for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. "If given the opportunity, I know I can prove my worth". "It ultimately is up to Josh".
Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards in 2014. He was an excellent receiver in 2013, but his play fell off in 2014, and he hasn't been on the field since.