When Josh Gordon and the Browns announced that he would be away from the team through most of training camp, it raised a few understandable red flags.
Gordon, after all, has been suspended multiple times for substance abuse violations, and while he did play in a few games last season for Cleveland, he’d be missing chances to work with Cleveland’s newest quarterback of the future, Baker Mayfield. Today, Gordon and the Browns announced he would be returning to the team, which is certainly good news for everyone involved.
Here’s Gordon’s tweeted statement:
— Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) August 18, 2018
And here’s Cleveland GM John Dorsey’s statement as well:
Browns GM John Dorsey on Josh Gordon’s return: pic.twitter.com/KjmZPE7Dp9
— Kevin Patra (@kpatra) August 18, 2018
Credit the Browns for being tastefully open about the situation; the public obviously doesn’t need all the details in a case like this, but they haven’t pretended to hide Gordon, and both parties have been open about the importance of mental health, which is something that might not have happened ten years ago.
Hopefully Gordon tears it up this year for Cleveland, because the Browns (and the NFL as a whole) are much better for his talents.