Josh Gordon announces he's stepping away from Patriots to focus on mental health, also reportedly facing suspension from NFL

Ryan Hannable
December 20, 2018 - 9:46 am
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Things were going almost as good as possible with Josh Gordon, until Thursday.

After being traded to the Patriots following Week 2, Gordon had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns, while emerging as Tom Brady's No. 2 receiver. But, now Gordon is no longer with the Patriots.

On Twitter Thursday morning, Gordon announced he's stepping away from the football field to focus on his mental health. He also thanked Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and the entire Patriots organization for all that they did for him this season.

Also, NFL Media's Tom Pellissero is reporting he's facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. This could mean the end of Gordon's football career.

Gordon has battled substance abuse and mental health issues for several years, including missing 43 of Cleveland’s past 48 games because of suspensions prior to this season. The Patriots now have Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett as wide receivers.

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