Patriots' Josh Gordon to step away from football

Patriots' Josh Gordon to step away from football

The Patriots have released a statement expressing their support for Gordon.

Tuesday morning, the Patriots receiver tweeted he needed to focus on his mental health and has elected to take a break from football. I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr, Kraft, as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support.

Gordon, who was reinstated by the National Football League in November 2017 after a lengthy suspension, is facing another potential suspension under the NFL's substance abuse policy, a person familiar with the case confirmed.

Adam Schefter of ESPN notes that the league has yet to decide upon a final punishment, but due to his history, Gordon faces the very real possibility of not playing in the NFL again.

Gordon was reinstated by the NFL in 2017 after being suspended for the previous two seasons for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

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The star receiver missed two full seasons while being suspended and participated in just 11 games for the Cleveland Browns from 2014 to 2018. "His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect", the Patriots said in a statement. He rejoined the team three weeks later and played in one game for Cleveland before the Browns chose to move on, trading him to New England for a 2019 fifth-round pick.

The news came as Gordon's potential suspension loomed. He now leads the team in receiving yardage.

Tom Brady wishes the best for Josh Gordon, but in typical Patriots fashion, the quarterback is moving on.

If the story is true then it only proves, like most people who struggle with chronic addiction, that drug addiction is a powerful vampire that drains the lifeblood out of everything it sees. It took me a little bit to get acclimated to the area.

New England officials had insulated Gordon and focused him on getting acclimated to the team's highly-disciplined culture, while also limiting his time with reporters.

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