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Josh Gordon announces return to the Browns after leave of absence

Josh Gordon announces return to the Browns after leave of absence
Posted at 12:27 PM, Aug 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-18 12:32:03-04

He's back! Browns wide receiver announced on Saturday he is coming back following his leave of absence from the team.

Gordon told fans in July that he would miss the start of training camp as part of his "overall health and treatment" plan.

Josh Gordon released the following statement:

Dear Cleveland Browns and NFL family,

Thank you for your love, support, and most importantly your patience as I took the time needed to ensure my overall mental and physical health.

More specifically, I would like to thank the NFL, NFLPA, the entire Cleveland Browns organization, the University of Florida, and my friend and business manager Michael Johnson Jr for playing such pivotal roles during this process. This has by no means been an easy road and I’m extremely grateful to have all of you in my life.

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. 

Let’s get to work!

Much love,


In a statement, John Dorsey said he is excited and pleased for Josh:

First off, we are pleased for Josh. His overall health and well-being is what is most important. We commend Josh for his hard work, commitment and focus on becoming the best version of himself. We are glad Josh has reached a point where he can return to our organization, be in our building and be around his teammates. As he assimilates back to our team, Josh will initially participate in meetings and conditioning and will gradually resume all football activities as deemed appropriate. 


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