Josh Gordon eligible to join Browns teammates Monday

Josh Gordon can join his Cleveland Browns teammates on the field effective Monday.

The Browns don’t practice until Wednesday, so the most Gordon will do Monday is work with teammates, perhaps catching passes or running routes. Wednesday will be the day Gordon can work with the entire team in practice.

All is contingent on Gordon staying clean and sober following a rehab treatment program he completed in the fall. Any slip and Gordon will be suspended again.

The last time Gordon played in a regular-season game was Dec. 21, 2014, when he had four catches for 45 yards in a loss in Carolina. If he plays he would have gone 1,078 days between games.

Rookie Brock Boeser scored two more goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Boeser, after scoring twice against Philadelphia on Tuesday, added two more and now has 11 this season. Former Penguin defenseman Derrick Pouliot scored a power-play goal, his first with Vancouver. Loui Eriksson, playing in his 800th career game, scored his second. Brandon Sutter, another former Penguin, scored an empty-net goal for the Canucks, who won in Pittsburgh for the first time since Dec. 4, 2014. Vancouver is 3-5-3 at home, but has won eight of 11 on the road this season.

Anders Nilsson withstood a third-period Penguins’ surge to stop 42 shots for the Canucks.

The Reds can play it casual this winter if they want. There’s a lot to like about what’s happening in Cincinnati. Still, any real hope for a turnaround season in 2018 depends upon en masse leaps in production from a promising group of young starting pitchers, such as the one we saw from the Rockies in 2017. If that happens, other holes can be addressed in-season.nike_patriots_2112

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