Browns Josh Gordon to enter drug rehab; won’t return after suspension

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 23: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the sideliens in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 23: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the sideliens in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is entering a drug rehab center instead of returning to the team after his four-game suspension ends.

Gordon, who failed several NFL drug tests and had multiple suspensions during his four years in the league, made the announcement in a press release from the team.

“After careful thought and deep consideration, I’ve decided I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career and enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility,” Gordon said. “This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and contine on a path to reach my full potential as a person.”

Sashi Brown, the team’s Executive VP of Football Operations, wrote in a statement:

“We support Josh in taking this step to seek additional help and treatment. His singular focus must be on his own health. We want nothing more than for Josh to be successful personally and professionally and will not coment on his status with the organization at this time.”

After the Browns released the statement, Gordon addressed fans through his Twitter account.

The Browns, who are 0-3 this sesason, play at Washington at 1 p.m Sunday in a game on WHIO-TV Ch. 7 and WHIO Radio.

Cleveland drafted Gordon in the supplemental draft in 2012. He had a solid rookie season with 50 receptions, 805 yards and five touchdowns. He exploded in 2013, with 87 receptions, 1,46 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He did this despite being suspended the first two games of the season. He was he first player in NFL history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He led the league in receiving yards.

Gordon only played five games in 2014 due to suspensions and missed the entire 2015 season due to another suspension. He filed for reinstatement in January, but was suspended four games after failing another drug test.

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