Cleveland Browns wide receiver is entering an in-patient rehabilitation facility, the team announced on Thursday.
Gordon was expected to play in his first regular-season game since December 2014 against the Patriots on Oct. 9. He was suspended for the first four games of this season.
Gordon released the following statement through the Browns:
“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. 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 saga continues. We applaud Gordon for addressing his issues, but this is a blow to the fantasy owners anxiously awaiting his return. Gordon has always been a risk/reward pick. Obviously, he won't be making his return in Week 5, and it might be a few weeks (or much longer) before he's ready to make another comeback. In the meantime, Terrelle Pryor's value gets a significant bump since he'll serve as the team's WR1 until Corey Coleman returns (and maybe longer, if he keeps playing like he did against the Dolphins). It's also a boost to Duke Johnson's stock, since there will be more targets to go around in Cleveland.