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Tedy Bruschi reacts to Josh Gordon situation

Ryan Hannable
December 21, 2018 - 8:43 am

On Thursday morning, Josh Gordon announced he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health and then later on in the day he was suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement.

Obviously, many reacted to the news, including former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi on SportsCenter Thursday.

“I just want to sort of step into it personally in terms of Josh and just hoping that he does get himself right,” Bruschi said. “I mean the New England community, I live there. They’ve embraced Josh Gordon. They’ve embraced the troubles that he’s had and him trying to get everything right in his life. And there were times this year during the season where Josh was doing so much for this team. It looked like he was on his way to playing good football again. But still you know there are some demons that he’s dealing with. And you just hope that he’s able to get all of that right in his life.”

He added: “If this is something that he has to do for himself, everyone will support that. I support that, because you only want what’s best for the player off the field, first and foremost."

On field, Bruschi noted it could have a big impact.

“It’s a big loss to me," he said. "I think the offense was at its best when Josh was producing for him and he was reliable for Tom Brady on the outside as a receiver.”

A few of the Patriots leaders spoke Thursday on the situation and here is what they had to say.

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