Josh Gordon returns to the Browns, beginning the “real work”

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon arrived at the team facility Tuesday after a long road back. It didn’t even matter that it was the players’ off day. It was a start.

“The first day back in the building went great,” Gordon posted on an Instagram story, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The real work begins now. Let y’all know where I’m at. Let’s go.”

Gordon will attend meetings and work on his conditioning and in individual drills until Nov. 20 when he returns to practice. He can play in the final five games, beginning Dec. 3 against the Chargers.

The Browns will address Gordon’s admission in a GQ interview that he used drugs and/or drank alcohol before every game he played at Baylor and in the NFL.

“I don’t think he is trying to [talk his way out of Cleveland],” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “I do need to feel comfortable that he’s not. If he’s coming back to play football, he knows he needs to play football here. There’s no other place that he can do what he needs to do in the National Football League as far as playing. It’s right here. Let’s see where we are. Let’s have this conversation about him a few days from now after he’s been here and been in the building and we’ve had a chance to talk to him and see where he is and go from there.”

17 responses to “Josh Gordon returns to the Browns, beginning the “real work”

  1. Why do people just want to bash Gordon? It’s commendable the effort he has put in to get back to the league. He could have applied for reinstatement earlier but he wanted to make sure he was ready. Clearly scholars like browns2014man have already written him off.

  2. browns2014man says:
    November 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    I didn’t read the article. Came right down to the comments. Josh Gordon is a loser and will screw something up here soon. Book it.

    That you cheerfully admit you couldn’t be bothered with at most a 2 minute read says more about you than your opinion of Brown says about him. Adding ‘Book it’ at the end just seals the deal.

  3. I, for one, am rooting for him. I always hope to see people overcome the grips of addiction, whether they are a football player, or a cashier at the supermarket.

  4. Watch JG:Ready for his comeback. Great 13 minute video about his struggles, and he opens up about how he was enabled from college on up. He seems genuinely ready to turn his life around. I for one, hope there is a happy ending to his story. The talent is immense, and football could be what saves his life. I have never thankfully been a victim of substance abuse-can’t pretend to know what it’s like to walk in his shoes. But I commend him for battling his demons. It takes longer for some to come to groups and hit rock bottom. People who just dismiss it and poke fun, and bully him for his dependency issues are sick. I wonder if those same people would say such vile things if their children God forbid ever went through anything like this in life. It’s all fun and games until it affects someone you know personally.

  5. I applaud finzd54’s comment. I detest drugs and everything it means and does to society and the individuals that take them. I hope he is genuine in his desire to be the best person and football player he can be. I’m rooting for him.

  6. Seldom are addicts ever as successful sober as they were when dysfunctional. This guy has had so many chances, I would have said go get a real job and in a year if your employer tells me your worthy human I might let you try again ……

  7. finzd54
    Excellent analysis and statement. Wish I could give you a hundred tu’s.

    One thing I might add to your statement about their children avoiding addiction: Most of the ones bashing Josh Gordon probably have no children, and with their attitude, possibly never will.

  8. Thank you everyone. It’s sad that a lot of people commenting are trying to make light of the issues he has because they probably don’t know how to directly deal with people that are/gmhave gone through substance abuse issues. Once people get a taste of the dark side and see just how quickly things can go from bad to worse, they might have a different opinion.

  9. I’m pulling for Josh to recover and resurrect his career. Having said that, I can not think of a worse possible organization for him to try and do that with. The Browns are the most dysfunctional franchise in all of professional sports and have a staggering lack of leadership at the top. See you Sunday.

  10. I would have had the opinion of “he’s had too many chances already. But after watching the segment on him on I’m pulling for him.

  11. I’m absolutely pulling for Gordon and hope he finds a way to break his vicious cycle. The bad news is a TON of addicts end up relapsing. It’s a sad thing, but very common. The good news is a lot of addicts that turn their lives around do exactly what Gordon is doing. They begin to let out their past demons. They begin to fully tell their story. Gordon saying all these things sound horrific, but it actually might be the sign that he’s put himself on notice.

    Whether he resumes his career with the Browns or somewhere else, I hope nothing but the best for the guy.

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