We will have to disagree. Gordon has not gone through a season without a suspension in how many years?And likewise, if Gordon isn't reinstated there's nothing to discuss.
That's the whole point -- both of these guys are facing obstacles to getting on the field; Gordon's obstacles relate to reinstatement and ability to remain un-suspended, not health or production. Thomas' obstacles relate to health, and by extension of health, productivity.
I think Thomas is more likely to see the field sooner than Gordon, but I'm not convinced that he will ultimately be the better or more productive player should both end up playing.
And I'm also not convinced that Gordon is more likely than Thomas to stop playing, should they both return. While Gordon's history indicates he's been suspended often, that's not necessarily indicative of where he's at mentally/substance use wise right now. And on the other side of the coin, Thomas is older and coming off a major injury, so it's perfectly possible that he's unable to return to form or produce, or perhaps gets reinjured.
And let us not forget that Thomas was involved in a MVA while driving drunk. That seems to get skimmed over, but if we're concerned about Gordon's substance-use and reliability, certainly that has to be considered re: Thomas, too.
Thomas has been injured once.
I think that a person getting a dwi once is a little different than a person whose career is consistent run of repeated suspensions for substance abuse.
Any player can get injured, you assume that risk.
Are you honestly telling me if Gordon is reinstated tomorrow the risk of him but making through the season isn’t higher than every other player in the league?
I wish he had control of his demons but if you are honest about it you can’t expect anything but another suspension.