New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has announced today that he's stepping away from the game of football once again to focus on his mental health.

Gordon, 27, posted the following on his social media accounts today:

"I take my mental health very seriously. At this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health. I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support. I want to thank my fans for their support as well as I continue down the path getting back to 100%."

 

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Gordon's decision to step away might not have been entirely his own. He is reportedly facing an indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The Patriots acquired Gordon from the Cleveland Browns in September exchange for a fifth round pick. In 11 games with the Patriots, Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

New England is currently sitting at 9-5 for the season as they prepare to host the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the final two weeks of the season.