Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss the beginning of training camp so that he may continue to work on his personal health.
According to ESPN, Gordon is taking the time to seek additional counseling for anxiety and mental health.
Gordon has only played 10 games in four season because of suspensions related to substance abuse.
Here is what he had to say via twitter:
To my Cleveland Browns and NFL family,
I am reaching out to you all personally and letting you know that I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well. You will notice that I will not be in Cleveland for the start of training camp. Rest assured this too is a part of my overall health and treatment plan. I appreciate the awesome support I have received from teammates, friends, fans, and the Brown’s organization. Just like you, I am excited to start the season and I have every intention of being ready and available to join my teammates soon to help bring winning football to our fans.
With the help of the NFL, NFLPA, and the Browns’ organization, I have been able to utilize the resources available to me that will ensure my well-being on and off the field. By continuing to follow the plan set up by our medical director and his team and taking this time before this season starts, we believe it will help me maintain the progress I’ve made for not only today but for many years to come. Thank you all for your patience, love, and support! Go Browns!
Gordon will be placed on the non-football illness reserve list until he’s ready to return.
“We will continue to support Josh as he receives the care needed to maintain his progress,” Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “We are going to respect his privacy while he is away from the team.”
Last year Josh Gordon made 18 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown.