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CLEVELAND– Soon after former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon announced he is stepping away from football, reports surfaced he is facing banishment from the NFL.

In a post on Twitter on Thursday, Gordon said he was going to focus on his mental health.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported Gordon is facing another suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy.  Rapoport referred to it as “banishment.”

TMZ said the one-time Pro Bowler either failed a drug test or failed to show for the test.

He was already in stage 3 of the NFL’s substance-abuse program, meaning another violation results in an indefinite ban.

The Browns traded the 27-year-old to the New England Patriots in September. Cleveland received a 2019 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional seventh-round pick, which will now be returned to New England.



Article Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland

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