NFL denies Josh Gordon's reinstatement application

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon (12) stretches before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Gordon has "raised a red flag" because of a recent league-administered drug test. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
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The NFL has denied suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement.

A league spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the application was denied and that Gordon can apply again at a future date.

On Monday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Gordon ''raised a red flag'' because of a recent league-administered drug test. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because results of NFL drug tests are not made public, says Gordon didn't have a positive substance abuse test.

But a sample collected in March showed Gordon had traces of marijuana and a diluting substance in his system. The level of marijuana was less than the minimum required by the NFL for a positive test.

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