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WR Josh Gordon will not play Thursday but is confident he will be ready for the season opener

WR Josh Gordon will not play Thursday but is confident he will be ready for the season opener
Posted at 3:35 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 15:35:28-04

Head coach Hue Jackson said Josh Gordon is getting closer to being ready to play, but he will not play in Thursday's final preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

Gordon was cleared by the NFL on Saturday to practice and play games. His career was derailed for nearly three years due to drug and alcohol addictions.

"He has done a little bit more every day. He is getting closer, much closer. That is exciting," Jackson said on Monday. "He is catching, getting in there with the offense a little bit and making sure that he is on the same page with the guys. Pretty soon, we will progress through running routes and have him practice."

Jackson said Gordon will not be a starter once regular season games begin, but the coach expects Gordon to contribute to the team when the Browns get ready to play Pittsburgh in the season opener on Sept. 9, assuming he is ready to go.

Gordon spoke Monday after practice for the first time since he came back and said he’s focused on the upcoming season and helping the Browns win. He has been limited by a hamstring issue since returning, but he’s confident he’ll be ready for the season opener.

Gordon is grateful for the support he’s received from the Browns organization and his teammates. He said the only way to win back the trust of the Browns and coach Hue Jackson is to “walk it out and live out those actions on a daily basis. I can’t make anybody feel any type of way about me.”

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · TBD at Chicago Bears

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · TBD at Green Bay Packers

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · 4 PM EST Minnesota Vikings

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · TBD Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 9/13 · 1:00 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 2 · Thu 9/17 · 8:20 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/27 · 1:00 PM EST Washington Redskins (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/4 · 1:00 PM EST at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/11 · 4:25 PM EST Indianapolis Colts (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/18 · 1:00 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 7 · Sun 10/25 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 8 · Sun 11/1 · 1:00 PM EST Las Vegas Raiders (FOX)

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/15 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (FOX)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/22 · 1:00 PM EST Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/6 · 1:00 PM EST at Tennessee Titans (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/14 · 8:15 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (ESPN)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/20 · 1:00 PM EST at New York Giants (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Dec. 27-27 · TBD at New York Jets

WEEK 17 · Sun 1/3 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)