Josh Gordon returns to Browns Saturday; to be eased back into football activity

Receiver says “let’s get to work”

Daryl Ruiter
August 18, 2018 - 12:23 pm
Browns receiver Josh Gordon reacts after catching a football during a May 2018 practice

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Josh Gordon is returning to the Cleveland Browns.

Gordon reported Saturday before tweeting a statement just after noon eastern announcing his decision to return after revealing on July 23 that he would not be reporting to training camp on time so he could receive additional treatment.

Because Gordon was placed on the reserve/did not report list, the Browns will have to make a roster move to activate him.

A league source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan that Gordon is not facing a suspension. 

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told 92.3 The Fan that, “This is part of the process. There’s no timetable on next steps.”

Before Gordon returns to practice, the Browns and his medical advisors need to be sure that he is physically and mentally able to do so and the team will not rush that process.

Gordon’s statement, unedited and in its entirety, is posted below:

Dear Cleveland Browns and NFL family,

Thank you for your love, support, and most importantly your patience as I took the time needed to ensure my overall mental and physical health.

More specifically, I would like to thank the NFL, NFLPA, the entire Cleveland Browns organization, the University of Florida, and my friend and business manager Michael Johnson Jr for playing such pivotal roles during this process. This has by no means been an easy road and I’m extremely grateful to have all of you in my life.

As I humbly return to being a member of this team with an opportunity to get back to playing this game I love, I realize in order for me to reach my full potential my primary focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being. 

Let’s get to work!

Much love,

JG

Browns general manager John Dorsey released his own statement moments after Gordon’s hit social media

“First off, we are pleased for Josh. His overall health and well-being is what is most important. We commend Josh for his hard work, commitment and focus on becoming the best version of himself. We are glad Josh has reached a point where he can return to our organization, be in our building and be around his teammates. As he assimilates back to our team, Josh will initially participate in meetings and conditioning and will gradually resume all football activities as deemed appropriate.”

Gordon is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next March and even though the report deadline has passed to guarantee eligibility for an accrued season, the Browns do not plan to hold Gordon to that deadline and will allow him to maintain eligibility for restricted free agency in 2019.

Gordon, who has been suspended for a total of 56 games since being selected in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, was conditionally reinstated last November by commissioner Roger Goodell and played the final 5 games of the 2017 season.

Gordon led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2013 and he has totaled 3,089 yards and 15 touchdowns in 40 career games.