Josh Gordon may be back with the Cleveland Browns this season but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be on the Cleveland Browns this season.
That’s because the troubled wide receiver announced yesterday that he will not be with the Browns when they open training camp Thursday, citing his "health and treatment plan" as part of his return from multiple substance-related suspensions.
League sources say Gordon is seeking additional counseling before camp opens to deal with his mental health and anxiety. The wide receiver has said that he typically used alcohol or marijuana when he was anxious, something he cannot do without another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Gordon has regularly been in touch with his counselors and was told to take the extra time in a proactive move, sources said.
The wide receiver has missed most of the past three seasons because of suspensions stemming from violations of the substance abuse policy. Gordon said yesterday that he is "doing great" physically and mentally, emphasizing his treatment plan "will help me maintain the progress I've made for not only today but for many years to come."
So when will he be back?
Your guess is as good as mine as league sources say that the Browns expect Gordon to return, as he vowed, but there is no exact timetable given the nature of the treatment.
The Browns believe that Gordon is doing all he can to ensure there are no setbacks, according to the source.
And really—maybe we should focus more on the fact he’s working on being comfortable in his own skin rather than being in a Browns uniform.