After Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon tweeted this morning he will not be with the team for the start of training camp, general manager John Dorsey issued a statement in support of Gordon.
“We will continue to support Josh as he receives the care needed to maintain his progress,” Dorsey said in the statement. “We are going to respect his privacy while he is away from the team. Josh will be placed on the non-football illness reserve list until he is ready to return.”
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Dorsey’s comments were in response to long statement Gordon tweeted as a screen capture earlier this morning. It read:
“To my Cleveland Browns and NFL Family,
I am reaching out to you all personally and letting you know that I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well. You will notice that I will not be in Cleveland for the start of training camp. Rest assured, this, too, is a part of my overall health and treatment plan. I appreciate the awesome support I have received from teammates, friends, fans, and the Browns organization. Just like you, I am excited to start the season and I have every intention of being ready and available to join my teammates soon to help bring winning football to our fans.
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With the help of the NFL, NFLPA, and the Browns’ organization, I have been able to utilize the resources available to me that will ensure my well-being on and off the field. By continuing to follow the plan set up by our medical director and his team and taking this time before this season starts, we believe it will help me maintain the progress I’ve made for not only today but for many years to come.
Thank you all for your patience, love, and support! Go Browns!
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Gordon has been suspended multiple times for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. After his latest reinstatement, he appeared in the final five games of the 2017 season, catching 18 passes for 335 yards a touchdown.