Josh Gordon, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, is returning to play after sitting out all of training camp. He made this surprise announcement on Saturday, relaying his gratitude to the Browns for giving him time to work on his mental and physical health.
“As I humbly return to being a member of this team with an opportunity to get back to playing this game I love, I realize in order for me to reach my full potential, my primary
focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being,” wrote Gordon on Twitter this Saturday.
Gordon reportedly was seeking out extra counseling for his mental health, as well as, anxiety. Gordon has previously reported that he uses marijuana or alcohol, as a way to help cope with anxiety, but sees it as no longer a viable option as he doesn’t want to violate NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Brown general manager, John Dorsey, released a statement regarding Gordon’s return saying, “”We are glad Josh has reached a point where he can return to our organization, be in our building and be around his teammates.”
The Browns plan is to ease him back into the football routine, as he is currently moved to the active/non-football injury list but still is not clear to practice. He will begin participating in meetings and conditioning, said Dorsey.