Cleveland Browns wide receiver, Josh Gordon, has announced that he will enter rehab before rejoining the team.
“After careful thought and deep consideration I’ve decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility,” read a statement released through the Browns by Gordon on Thursday. “This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.”
Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season by the National Football League. Gordon failed the NFL substance abuse policy on multiple occasions. He was reinstated conditionally by NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, on July 25.
Gordon was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season but would have been clear to return to play for the Browns in their Week five match up against the New England Patriots. The Patriots also have a player returning from a four game suspension in quarterback, Tom Brady.
Gordon thanked the Browns and the NFL on Thursday.
“Under some pressure & stress recently, had to take a time out for myself.Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you. Thank u @nfl @Browns,” tweeted Gordon.
“See ya soon.. ,” tweeted Gordon later.