Hue Jackson expects Josh Gordon to practice "real soon"

May play preseason finale, goal to have him ready for Week 1

Daryl Ruiter
August 21, 2018 - 12:42 pm
Browns receiver Josh Gordon rides an exercise bike on Aug. 21, 2018

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Josh Gordon’s return to the field appears imminent.

On Tuesday as the Browns officially wrapped up training camp head coach Hue Jackson indicated that Gordon is close to returning to practice.

“Very soon,” Jackson said. “I think the most important thing for Josh is let’s make sure he’s in great shape, in a great place. Let’s keep being where he’s been since he’s been here, which has been outstanding, and keep moving him forward.”

It is conceivable based on Jackson’s comments that the next time the Browns practice – either Saturday or Sunday – Gordon could practice.

“He is engaged, he is ready to get back out there,” quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. “I am looking forward to having him out there on the field.”

Gordon returned to the team Saturday following a leave of absence that spanned 15 camp practices and 2 preseason games to receive additional unspecified treatment in accordance to guidelines set by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upon his conditional reinstatement last November. 

Because Gordon remains in stage 3 of the league’s substance abuse program, the independent medical advisor appointed by the NFL and NFLPA to work with Gordon plays a significant role in determining when he practices and plays again.

“There’s a chance against Detroit. It’d be great,” Jackson said. “If not, my real goal is can we get him up and running by the time we play Pittsburgh. I think that’s really important.”

The Browns are hopeful that Gordon will be ready for Week 1.

“If that is the scenario that plays out for us, then that will be awesome,” Taylor said.

Since being selected in the 2012 supplemental draft Gordon has been suspended for 56 games while only playing in 40. The Browns are just 9-31 in those games, but Gordon is being counted on, along with Jarvis Landry, to help resurrect the dormant doormat of the league this season.

On paper, Gordon and Landry have the potential to be one of the most lethal dynamic duos in the league.

“I think that it would be very special,” Taylor said. “Two different skillsets, but very talented at what they do. Josh is one of the faster guys in the league and one of the bigger receivers in the league. He is definitely a very talented receiver. You do not really run across guys like that often on teams. You have seen Jarvis day in and day out competing and what he brings to the table. Looking forward to having those guys on the field together. Puts defenses in a bind for sure.”