Former Browns Receiver Josh Gordon Steps Away Again

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(CLEVELAND) Josh Gordon has stepped away from football, citing mental health issues in a tweet. The Browns traded the 27-year-old wide receiver to the Patriots this year after he caught one ball in one game for Cleveland. In 11 games with the Patriots, Gordon caught 40 balls for 720 yards and 3 touchdowns.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy, according to a source.

“I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level,” Gordon wrote in Thursday's tweet. “I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp of things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health.”

The Browns drafted Gordon in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft and he played 30 games in 2012 and 2013 with the team, catching 137 passes for 14 TDs, including 87 catches for a league-leading 1646 yards and nine TDs in 2013. Between 2014 and 2017, Gordon only played 10 NFL games due to multiple suspensions related to drug use and discipline.

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