By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly returned to the team after being away for at least one month. He claimed it was for his mental health.
However, a Cleveland TV station says it was because he owed nearly $7,000 per month in child support. Yet, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he was “seeking additional counseling to deal with his mental health and anxiety.”
“Thank you for your love, support, and most importantly, your patience as I took the time needed to ensure my overall mental and physical health,” Gordon said after returning to the team on Saturday. “More specifically, I would like to thank the NFL, NFLPA, the entire Cleveland Browns organization, the University of Florida, and my friend and business manager Michael Johnson Jr. for playing such pivotal roles during this process. This has by no means been an easy road and I’m extremely grateful to have all of you in my life.”
Gordon was allowed to return to the Browns last season, where he played in five games, all starts, after being reinstated from a multi-year NFL suspension. He had 18 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown.
Prior to the 2017 season, the 27-year-old last played in an NFL game during the 2014 season, where he also appeared in five games, all starts. That season, he had 24 receptions for 303 yards.
He has not appeared in a full season since his rookie campaign in 2012 when he appeared in all 16 games, including 13 starts. He then appeared in 14 games in 2013 — his best season of his career, as he had 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.