Shanahan excited for return of Gordon

Browns' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan excited to unwrap his early Christmas present next week, as Josh Gordon returns to practice Monday.

BEREA, Ohio—Sunday marks the end of Josh Gordon’s 10-game league imposed suspension. Mike Pettine said that he expects Gordon to be able to resume all team activities next Monday.

“That’s my understanding,” Pettine said. “We’re all under the assumption that he would be coming off the suspension (Monday). We haven’t heard anything contrary.”

Offensive coordinator is excited to have the Pro Bowl receiver back.

“I know that’s next week, and I can’t wait to get him back,” Shanahan said. “Looking forward to it. I haven’t seen him out on the football field since training camp so have to see where he’s at physically and everything. We’ll try to get him in there, and as soon as he’s ready to go, we’ll make sure to work to get him the ball.”

Shanahan says he’s seen Gordon in the building and talks with him often.

“Yeah, I see him passing in the hallways,” Shanahan said. “I’ll always ask him how many days, and he always knows the exact number of days. He’s been itching at this for a while.”

Gordon could make his 2014 debut a week from Sunday against the Falcons. Gordon hasn’t played since the 2013 season when he led the NFL in receiving yardage.

However, Shanahan knows there’s more important business at hand before Gordon returns next week.

“This profession is so day to day,” Shanahan said. “I’m just concerned about this week and how we’re going to move the ball this week and how we’re going to score points.

“It’ll be a great bonus to get (Gordon back),” he said. “I’m aware of how good Josh is and what he did last year and how talented he is. I’m as excited as anyone to get him back, but it’s definitely not something I’m thinking about until very early Monday morning when I wake up.”

Notebook

All About the Benjamin: PR Travis Benjamin is listed behind PR Jordan Poyer on the team’s depth chart, but he still represents the Browns biggest threat in the punt return game. However, Benjamin has had trouble hanging on to the ball and has relegated him to the sidelines. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said he hasn't given up on Benjamin as a punt returner.

"I haven't given up on him,” Tabor said. “When the time is right, he'll go."

The Browns are averaging just 3.2 yards a return, but have had trouble hanging on to the ball.

Tabor said he’s tried the most guys out since he’s been here at punt returner. He said the players discuss the situation. Jim Leonhard handled the return duties against the Bengals, but even he fumbled a punt return which set up the only Bengals score.

“We talk about it. It is the elephant is in the room,” Tabor said. “There’s no other way to fix it than to keep working at it.”

Status Quo: Pettine said not much has changed in the concussion protocol situation with DB Tashaun Gipson (concussion) and TE Jordan Cameron (concussion).

“There’s no real update (on Gipson and Cameron),” Pettine said. “We’re still holding out hope (they’ll play).

“We’re not in a position to rule either one out yet,” Pettine said. “There’s still a chance they could play, that’s probably the best way to put it.”

Neither player was on the field during the portion of practice open to the media. DB Johnson Bademosi (concussion) and DL Phil Taylor (knee) were also not seen. OL Nick McDonald (calf) and WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee) were practicing.


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