CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon isn't going back on the field until he gets a tighter grip on his life. The suspended Browns receiver, whose talent has been little more than a tease for several years as he battled personal demons, said Thursday that he's entering rehab and putting his promising career on hold.
Gordon was eligible to return from his latest four-game suspension next week. He released a statement through the Browns, who have stood by him.
"After careful thought and deep consideration, I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," he said. "This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person."
Gordon, 25, has been suspended by the NFL in the past for marijuana and alcohol abuse. He did not indicate why he's seeking treatment.
The Browns had been encouraged by the progress Gordon seemed to be making during his suspension, which followed him being banned for one year by commissioner Roger Goodell. League spokesman Brian McCarthy would not comment on Gordon's status with the Browns.
Shortly after his statement was released, Gordon posted on Twitter that he has been under a lot of stress lately and needed time for himself.
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