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Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon seems to have hit a snag in his career once again. Gordon, most notably known for his off the field struggles, was recently reinstated by the NFL last season.
For most of the NFL’s off season, Browns fans noticed that his social media activity slowed down to almost nothing this past month. Rumors started to swirl as sources were stating that Gordon relapsed and that it was a conspiracy that HBO’s Hard Knocks and the NFL were keeping it silent strictly for the ratings.
While most of these rumors were shrugged off as nothing more than hearsay, Gordon took to Twitter to once again to give Browns’ fans something to be on edge about (he later took the tweets down).
“To my Cleveland Browns and NFL family, I am reaching out to you all personally and letting you know that I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well. You will notice that I will not be in Cleveland for the start of training camp. Rest assured this too is a part of my overall health and treatment plan.
I appreciate the awesome support I have received from teammates, friends, fans, and the Brown’s organization. Just like you, I am excited to start the season and I have every intention of being ready and available to join my teammates soon to help bring winning football to our fans. With the help of the NFL, NFLPA, and the Browns’ organization, I have been able to utilize the resources available to me that will ensure my well-being on and off the field.
By continuing to follow the plan set up by our medical director and his team and taking this time before this season starts, we believe it will help me maintain the progress I’ve made for not only today but for many years to come. Thank you all for your patience, love, and support! Go Browns! Sincerely, Josh Gordon.”
In addition, Browns’ general manager John Dorsey issued a statement in regards to Gordon not being with the team.
“We will continue to support Josh as he receives the care needed to maintain his progress. We are going to respect his privacy while he is away from the team. Josh will be placed on the non-football illness reserve list until he is ready to return.”
A spokesmen for the NFL commented saying that Gordon is not suspended and that they would address the matter at the appropriate time.
Normally due to his past, there would be little optimism when looking at this situation. Instead, there has been a recent report suggesting that Gordon has had no slip-ups and that people around has said that he has been working his “explicit” off.
It’s possible that his absence just further explains that he is taking a proactive approach to get extra counseling prior to the season to make sure he has no setbacks. There’s no timetable for his return.
Gordon, 27 upon returning from suspension, had 335 yards receiving and one touchdown in just five games. Despite missing so much time, he was able to show his downfield play ability several times to give the fans of Cleveland something to be encouraged about.
The Browns have no plans to move on from Gordon as of now.