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In brief: NFL reinstates Brown’s WR Gordon

Cleveland’s Josh Gordon has been reinstated by Roger Goodell. (Bill Wippert / Associated Press)
Cleveland’s Josh Gordon has been reinstated by Roger Goodell. (Bill Wippert / Associated Press)
From staff and wire reports

NFL: Josh Gordon’s curious and complicated career has taken a new turn.

He’s getting yet another chance.

The talented but troubled wide receiver has been reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who met face to face with Gordon last week and said he believes the 25-year-old can “make the right choices” going forward.

Gordon has been banned since February 2015 for multiple violations of the league’s drug policies. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17, but he’s allowed to join the team in its upcoming training camp and can participate in meetings and conditioning work. The league said once Gordon meets clinical requirements, he can take part in preseason activities, including practices and games.

It’s a fresh start for Gordon, who emerged as one of the league’s rising stars in 2013 before several missteps led to his banishment.

As long as he stays clean, Gordon, who met with Goodell in New York on July 19, is eligible to return to the team on Oct. 3. During his four-game suspension, Gordon may participate in team meetings and other activities but can’t practice or play in games.

Gordon was suspended 10 games in 2014 and the entire 2015 season for substance violations, a pattern that began during his college career at Baylor and Utah. He was denied reinstatement in April after failing a drug test because of samples that also tested positive for marijuana.

Gordon broke out in 2013, when he led the league with 1,646 yards receiving, scored nine touchdowns and averaged 117.6 yards per game.

Texans’ Watt on PUP list after back surgery: The Houston Texans have put star defensive end J.J. Watt on the physically unable to perform list less than a week before training camp begins.

The move, which was expected, comes after Watt recently had back surgery. The NFL sacks leader last season with 17 1/2 is expected to be ready for the season opener.

The 27-year-old Watt played last season with a herniated disk and spent most of the offseason recovering after surgery to repair a groin injury in January. Last season, Watt helped the Texans to their first playoff berth since 2012 and won his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Packers’ Nelson to start camp on PUP list: Receiver Jordy Nelson won’t practice when the Green Bay Packers begin training camp on Tuesday.

Nelson was one of six Packers placed on the physically unable to perform list. Nelson is coming back from a torn right ACL injury that kept him out for the 2015 season.

The Packers have said that they might be cautious with Nelson as he comes back from injury. The Packers also have five preseason games this year since they play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7.

Other Packers starting on the PUP list include linebacker Sam Barrington and tight end Jared Cook; receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle); guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) and center Corey Linsley.

NFL investigating possible Smith video: The NFL is investigating whether a video linked to an account from suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith shows him using illegal drugs.

A video on a periscope account that has shown Smith in the past features an unidentified man off camera discussing a rolled cigarette with an unidentified woman. It’s not clear what’s in the cigarette and who the man is. Smith sent out a tweet after CSNBayArea.com reported on the video saying “Good try, not me.”

Smith is serving a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy that ends Nov. 17. He can apply for reinstatement in September. He gets regularly drug tested while on suspension.

NFL, players union announce new concussion protocol: The NFL and the players association have announced a new policy regarding game-day concussion protocol and discipline for clubs that violate the procedure.

Under the new policy, the NFL and NFLPA “will follow a strict and fair process to investigate incidents and determine appropriate discipline, including club fines and possible forfeiture of draft picks.”

The league and the players union will each designate a representative to monitor the implementation of the protocol and investigate potential violations. The probe won’t reach medical conclusions; it will only determine if the protocol was followed. An arbitrator will handle cases where the league and union disagree and report to the commissioner.

Lue, Cavs agree to contract extension

NBA: A person familiar with the contract says Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is getting a multiyear extension with the NBA champions.

Lue, who took over the Cavs when David Blatt was fired in January and led Cleveland to the city’s first championship since 1964, has agreed to the deal, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it has not been signed.

A journeyman player during his NBA career, Lue helped mesh the Cavs down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs. They became the first team in history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals, beating Golden State on the road in Game 7.

McCollum agrees to 4-year extension: CJ McCollum agreed to a four-year, $106 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers, a person familiar with the deal said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

McCollum was voted the NBA’s Most Improved Player after averaging 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists during the regular season. He raised his scoring average by more than 14 points over the previous season.

Flyers sign forward Schenn 4-year deal

NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers avoided arbitration with Brayden Schenn, signing the forward to a $20.5 million, four-year contract.

Schenn will count $5.125 million against the salary through the 2019-20 season. Agent Don Meehan confirmed the terms of the deal.

The 24-year-old had 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points last season. Schenn has 84 goals and 109 assists for 193 points in 354 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Kings and Flyers.

Acquired in the 2011 trade that sent Mike Richards to Los Angeles, Schenn blossomed from a highly-touted prospect into a top-six forward for the Flyers.

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