"I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career."
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.