With two preseason games left and 22 days away from the regular season opener against Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Browns welcomed back an addition to the offense on Saturday.
Gordon stepped away from football on July 23 to focus on his ”physical and mental health” and the team has respected his privacy during his time away.
During his absence, videos on social media did surface showing the former All-Pro training in Gainesville, Florida where he spent last summer and majority of the fall in a rehabilitation program while awaiting reinstatement from the National Football League.
Gordon now reunites with a wide receiver room that he worked with during the spring including Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins.
The only difference between now and the spring work outs is that Corey Coleman is no longer there. The team is also discussing a potential contract with former All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant which could add another weapon to an already stacked Cleveland offense.
The NFL obviously had a hand in Gordon’s absence and are easing him back much like they did when he was reinstated last fall. As of now, Gordon can only participate in team meetings and conditioning.
The Browns also released a statement with the announcement of Gordon’s return:
“First off, we are pleased for Josh. His overall health and well-being is what is most important. We commend Josh for his hard work, commitment and focus on becoming the best version of himself,” John Dorsey said.
“We are glad Josh has reached a point where he can return to our organization, be in our building and be around his teammates. As he assimilates back to our team, Josh will initially participate in meetings and conditioning and will gradually resume all football activities as deemed appropriate.”