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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Josh Gordon to return to Browns in time for Week 1?

Josh Gordon

The NFL season is just four weeks away from kicking off, and the Cleveland Browns are still without star wide receiver Josh Gordon. That could change in the near future.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Gordon is still in Gainesville, Fla., working on his mental and physical health at the same place he rehabbed last summer. While it was initially believed that he may have failed a drug test when he abruptly left the Browns last month, Cabot reports that he has not committed a violation and will not be suspended when he returns to the team. That means he will be eligible to play immediately, so he could conceivably be back in time for Cleveland’s Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As Cabot notes, the Browns seem optimistic that Gordon will return sooner rather than later. Gordon’s Instagram stories and posts from his trainer, Tim Shankle, have indicated that he remains in great shape, so he shouldn’t be that far behind despite missing a large portion of the offseason. One Browns player also said he has heard from Gordon and shared an encouraging update.

Gordon is obviously a big part of the Browns’ plans this season, and they also hosted free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant for a visit on Thursday. There has been no indication that the team’s interest in Bryant has anything to do with Gordon’s status.

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