Josh Gordon’s NFL Return Postponed Indefinitely After Player Checks Himself Into Rehab



When Josh Gordon was active, he was one of the best wide receivers in the league. But he’s missed almost two years at this point, thanks to his inability to pass a drug test. After sitting out all of last year and the first four games of this year, he was poised to make his comeback next week. That’s not happening now.

Today, Gordon announced that he was checking himself into an in-patient rehab clinic to help overcome his issues with drug use.

“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,” Gordon said in a statement released through the Browns 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.”

Both the NFL and the Cleveland Browns issued statements saying that their chief concern lied with Gordon’s well-being, and that they would support him through his recovery process. He did not state the specific reason for entering rehab, but both his 10 game suspension in 2014 and his season long suspension last season were the result of failing drug tests for marijuana.

The Browns are without any decent quarterback options right now, so missing Gordon isn’t the biggest blow they’ve received all season. Hopefully next season they’ll have a quarterback to pair well with a fully recovered Josh Gordon.

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