Patriots' Gordon stepping away to focus on mental health

Ross Houston
December 20, 2018

"#Patriots WR Josh Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy, per source".

The timing is hard for the Patriots as Gordon, 27, has become a consistent contributor on their offense since being acquired from the Browns.

New England traded for Gordon, 27, in September, and in 11 games with the team he has 40 receptions for a team-high 720 yards and three touchdowns.

Gordon, who has a history of struggling with mental health issues, posted on Twitter that he "will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health".

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted on Thursday that Gordon's situation is "going to banishment", presumably from the entire NFL. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the length of the suspension has not been decided, "but Gordon not expected to play again this season or maybe ever again". If smoking marijuana aids, or could aid, Gordon in his mental health issues, he, unfortunately, can't do that while pursuing an National Football League career. "His attempt to do so is a private matter, which we intend to respect". He had 720 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots and had emerged as a unsafe target for Tom Brady.

Without Gordon, the Patriots have no recognisable lead receiver.

"It felt like home a long time ago", Gordon said. The Patriots clearly were doing something right to help him, and they should continue to assist him in any way they can.

Once again, New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon's career has hit a bump in the road.

The Patriots' offensive and overall potential this season certainly lessens without Gordon.

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