Browns’ Josh Gordon to miss start of camp to treat health


By Tom Withers - Associated Press



FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon warms up during the team's organized team activity at its NFL football training facility, in Berea, Ohio. Grordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the NFL for drug violations, announced on Twitter that he will not be with the team when camp opens later this week. Gordon says his absence “is a part of my overall health and treatment plan.”(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon warms up during the team's organized team activity at its NFL football training facility, in Berea, Ohio. Grordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the NFL for drug violations, announced on Twitter that he will not be with the team when camp opens later this week. Gordon says his absence “is a part of my overall health and treatment plan.”(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)


CLEVELAND (AP) — Troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon will miss the start of training camp to focus on his recovery from addictions. There is no timetable for his return.

Gordon has been suspended numerous times by the NFL for drug violations. The league says Gordon has not been suspended again.

The 27-year-old wide receiver on Monday posted a message on Twitter saying he will not be with the team when camp opens. Gordon says his absence is “part of my overall health and treatment plan,” and he does he does plan to return at some point.

“I appreciate the awesome support I have received from teammates, friends, fans, and the Browns organization,” Gordon wrote. “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.

“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.”

Gordon participated in Cleveland’s offseason programs. General manager John Dorsey says the team backs Gordon and plans to place him on the non-football illness list until he’s ready to return.

The Browns were counting on Gordon to help them following a 0-16 season.

FILE – In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon warms up during the team’s organized team activity at its NFL football training facility, in Berea, Ohio. Grordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the NFL for drug violations, announced on Twitter that he will not be with the team when camp opens later this week. Gordon says his absence “is a part of my overall health and treatment plan.”(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_120996836-50c017a9670341e792041fa1101c776a.jpgFILE – In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon warms up during the team’s organized team activity at its NFL football training facility, in Berea, Ohio. Grordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the NFL for drug violations, announced on Twitter that he will not be with the team when camp opens later this week. Gordon says his absence “is a part of my overall health and treatment plan.”(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

By Tom Withers

Associated Press