Josh Gordon moved to active list, NFL clears him to return to “all activities”

Hamstring injury delays Pro Bowler's return to practice

Daryl Ruiter
August 25, 2018 - 11:28 am
Browns receiver Josh Gordon attends practice on Aug. 20, 2018

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan


Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns officially moved Josh Gordon to the active list Saturday but his return to practice has been delayed by a hamstring injury.

The NFL has cleared Gordon to return to practice and games, leaving that up to the discretion of the Browns and head coach Hue Jackson as to when that will be.

“He is now cleared to return to all activities, including games,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told 92.3 The Fan.

Unfortunately, Gordon is being held back from practice after experiencing tightness in his hamstring while running 2 days ago according to head coach Hue Jackson.

"He just tweaked it, so you guys know I'm not going to put him out there until he's totally ready to go," Jackson said following practice Saturday. "A little minor setback but we'll get him out there soon."

During his leave of absence, Gordon worked out in Florida to return to the Browns in the best shape possible, but Jackson noted that there’s no substitute for training camp.

"Getting ready for football and getting ready someplace else is too different things," Jackson said. "He just tweaked it a little bit. It's not a major pull so we'll get him back here soon."

Gordon's teammates are anxiously awaiting his return to the field.

"He just brings that energy back," linebacker Christian Kirksey said. "I was excited to see him. We all know what Josh can do and I'm just ready for when he gets back to the next step or whatever he's got to do — and just get in that equipment.

"I want to see him excel. He's a talented young man. He has God-given ability and we're fully behind him. I know the things he's capable of doing and I'm just excited to see him get the opportunity to go showcase his talent and the proper steps he needs to take to be fully ready."

The Browns’ goal is to have Gordon available for the season opener against Pittsburgh but any hope of him playing in the preseason finale next Thursday after Detroit has all but gone out the window.

"More than likely, not," Jackson said when asked if Gordon will be ready against the Lions. "I don’t want to stick him out there if there's a chance we won’t have him for the opener. I want to make sure he's ready to go."

Gordon, who has been suspended for 56 games and played in just 40 since being a 2012 supplemental draft choice, returned to the team from a leave of absence he announced July 23 on Aug. 18.