Browns Receiver Josh Gordon Enters Rehab
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon announced late Thursday (Sept. 29) that he has decided to enter rehab, after a lengthy suspension.
On Sunday, when the Browns plays the Redkins, he would have been suspended 31 of the last 36 games, and 33 of the last 49. Although the Browns have stood by him, it appears they are finally moving on.
Coach Hue Jackson said that after today, he'll no longer discuss Gordon. "What's best for our football team is that we move forward and move on," Jackson said, according to Cleveland.com. "He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we're moving forward. We're going to move on."
On Twitter, Gordon wrote: "Under some pressure & stress recently, had to take a time out for myself. Sometimes you have to do what's best for you... See ya soon!"
Gordon was allowed to travel with the team during his four-game suspension to start the season, and it appeared to be working for him. On Sept. 4, he said (via Twitter) that the Browns' facility was a "comfort zone." Then, after catching a touchdown pass in a preseason game, Gordon said: "This is where I belong, this is where I need to be. This stage was meant for me to play on. That's what I'm meant to do."
However, he couldn't shake his personal struggles, and decided to enter rehab... and it's now unclear if he'll play in 2016.
After joining the Browns in 2012, via a Round 2 pick in the Supplemental Draft, he immediately contributed. Then, in 2013, he had a monster year, leading the NFL and set a team record with 1,646 yards receiving, while recording 9 touchdowns -- despite being suspended by the NFL for the season's first two games for substance abuse violations.
Gordan was suspended for 10 games in 2014 He followed that with another NFL-mandated suspension, for the entire 2015 season.
The NFL decided to reinstate him for 2016, but had to serve a four-game suspension to open the season.