Cleveland Browns ‘not counting on’ Josh Gordon return

The Cleveland Browns are “not counting” on former star wide receiver Josh Gordon returning to the team at any point, according to a report from Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal.

Browns GM Sashi Brown addressed the matter in a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“Disappointed for Josh,” Brown said during the radio interview. “Organizationally, we’re focused on the 65 or so players on our roster right now. Once Josh was suspended, we organizationally set our mind frame to not counting on him coming back, and I think that’s the only healthy way to operate and the way we continue to look at it. And If Josh is fortunate enough to be reinstated, obviously we’ll have some discussions with him at that time.

“In the meantime, the main thing that I think I take away from it is I just hope Josh gets to a place where he’s able to be reinstated. And I don’t want to say his life’s not together, but [I hope] whatever might be preventing him from being reinstated, he can have addressed and get on a good path moving forward. He’s got a bright future ahead of him, and he’s still young as heck. So we’re rooting for him, and if it comes to pass that he’s back in the league, great.”

Gordon, 25, has been banned from the NFL since February of last year due to multiple failed drug and alcohol tests. All signs earlier this year pointed to him being truly committed to turning his life around and getting back on an NFL field so he could return to the form that led to him leading the NFL in receiving yards in 2013.

But that all went out the window when Gordon failed yet another drug test, this time testing positive for marijuana again. The levels of marijuana in his system were below set parameters that call for a positive test, but his sample was diluted and the league views that as a positive test.

Simply put, Gordon needs to get his life together if he wants the remotest of chances of getting reinstated to the NFL, something he won’t be able to apply for again until August 1.

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