BEREA, Ohio--The comeback is off--at least for now.
Just when the Browns were envisioning teaming up Josh Gordon with Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman, the plans were put on hold.
Gordon, who was set to return to the Browns next week issued a statement Thursday afternoon stating he will enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. Here is the statement released from Gordon and the Browns:
“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. 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. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process.”
Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown also issued 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 comment on his status with the organization at this time.”
It is unclear if Gordon violated the terms of his suspension or what caused this announcement just three days before Gordon was eligible to return to the Browns practice field.
Hue Jackson commented on the Cleveland Browns Radio Network that aired Thursday night.
“It’s unfortunate,” Jackson said. “I think Josh needs to do what is best for Josh. I think we all support him 100 percent and we want the best for him, but we understand at this time he won't be with us and we'll move forward from there."