Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has decided to put his NFL career on hold and enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility.

Gordon previously missed the entire 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and was due to return to the Browns lineup next week following a four-game suspension but has decided to get help instead.

He issued the following statement

"After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," Gordon said in a statement Thursday. "This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."

The talented, yet troubled, 25-year old wide out has been suspended for 30 of Cleveland's last 35 games but was a Pro Bowl caliber player when he was able to lace 'em up.