Josh Gordon makes surprise announcement, will report to Browns after long absence

Josh Gordon announces his return to Browns

All they can do is hope he stays clean.

He's back, but the Browns can't guarantee it will last, and it's unclear if he'll suit up for the September 9 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Equally, if not more, important is Gordon's emotional well-being. I think Josh understands that, and I think he is willing to do that and that will happen over time. He was not in Cleveland for the start of the team's training camp in July.

"He's really excited to be back and ready to get going".

In a statement released on Twitter, Gordon thanked the Browns for giving him time away from the field to focus on his overall mental and physical health. This has by no means been an easy road and I'm extremely grateful to have all of you in my life. Gordon said to reach "my full potential my primary focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being". The NFL has the call on when Gordon can do more than participate in meetings and work out with his teammates, so the Browns have to wait - and make contingency plans.

"He can not practice but may watch", he said in an email to the AP. Per Pelissero, no timetable has been set on the next steps in the process. It may take some time for Gordon to get fully acclimated, but his return to the team is some very positive news for the Browns nonetheless.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Josh Gordon never lost his trust, but the wide receiver will need to meet the organization's expectations going forward. He's going to have to earn that. "In time, I think it will show exactly where he is". "But not before then".

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Gordon, who led the National Football League with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season. However, he was suspended for the first 10 games in 2014 and missed all of 2015 and 2016.

The 27-year-old wideout returns to the Browns at the halfway point of the preseason. In five games in 2017, Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards.

Gordon has insisted he's matured since becoming a father and with counseling can remain drug-free and active.

Because Gordon was placed on the reserve/did not report list, the Browns will have to make a roster move to activate him.

"I think he is in a much better place". "I think all those things, as you guys know, are always fluid".

Cleveland also has interest in receiver Dez Bryant.

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