When the NFL reinstated Josh Gordon before the start of the season, all signs pointed towards him finally resurrecting his career after numerous suspensions stemming from substance abuse. Gordon is eligible to return to the Browns on October 9, but Gordon is electing not to do that.
In a surprising move, Gordon has voluntarily decided to check himself into rehab and released this statement:
“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. 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.”
By itself, the decision is odd, as we do not know of any more failed tests by Gordon. Does this mean that he did in fact fail another test, and he’s getting in front of the news before it goes public? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, Browns head coach Hue Jackson has all but said this is the end of Josh in Cleveland.
“What’s best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,” said Jackson. “He’s not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we’re moving forward. We’re going to move on.”
“Obviously Josh is not here and doing what he thinks he needs to for his life which we support 100% and after today, today is really the last Josh Gordon comment I want to make about that,” he said.