Browns' Josh Gordon to miss start of camp to treat health
CLEVELAND (AP) — Days before training camp opens, the Cleveland Browns learned Josh Gordon will be missing again.
The troubled wide receiver said on Twitter he will be continuing his recovery from addictions that have derailed his career and threatened his life.
There is no timetable for his return. He is a major part of Cleveland's plans for 2018, but those could now be on hold.
Gordon has been suspended numerous times by the NFL for drug violations. He missed two full years after he was indefinitely suspended and he hasn't played a full season since 2013, when he led the league in yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.
While Gordon's posting on social media was vague, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the 27-year-old player has not been suspended.
"We will address the matter at the appropriate time," McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press.
Gordon's disclosure came as the Browns are preparing to begin camp under coach Hue Jackson amid great optimism after an 0-16 season.
The team overhauled its roster, adding former Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry and a few other potential starters in trades before drafting Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.
In recent weeks, speculation that Gordon failed a drug test circulated on social media. But it wasn't until he posted his message today that it became known he could be sidelined again.
"I am reaching out to you all personally and letting you know that I am not only doing great physically but mentally as well," Gordon wrote in a statement directed to "my Cleveland Browns and NFL Family."
"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."