Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon halts his return to the NFL and made a major detour to a rehab facility. Gordon is to undergo rehabilitation for substance abuse and hopes to make a comeback strong as ever.
According to ESPN, the team announced that Gordon himself decided to enter an in-patient facility to regain control of his life. In a statement, Gordon stated that is taking a step away from his plans to return with the Browns to all reach full potential in the game that he so much love. He also thanked the support of his team, the NFL, and the NFLPA as he vows to come out strong after his treatment.
“Under some pressure & stress recently, had to take a time out for me. Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you. Thank you @nfl @Browns. See you all soon,” Gordon posted on Twitter before entering the rehab facility.
WR Josh Gordon is entering an in-patient rehabilitation facility. pic.twitter.com/pv7ZD5KZuB
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 29, 2016
Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in the statement that the team supports Gordon. He added that they will not give any comment about Gordon’s status with the team as they would want him to fully recover health-wise.
“We support Josh in taking this step to seek extra help and treatment,” Brown said. “We want nothing more than for success personally and professionally for Josh and will not comment on his status with the organization at this time.”
Gordon has battled his drug addiction as he was even suspended for 10 games by the league in 2014. Prior to that Gordon was also suspended by the Browns for missing the final walk-through of the season.
Despite his addiction, Gordon remains an asset to the Browns as he led the team and the NFL in receiving yards with 1,646 in 2013. It would have seemed that he was getting back his form during this year’s preseason, catching two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in his comeback.
But it seems that everything is on a stand still as Gordon enters the rehab facility. With the Browns down 0-3 getting Gordon back in full form will take time but would not be the end of their season as well.
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