Cleveland Browns: Josh Gordon returning after hiatus

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The Cleveland Browns speedy wide receiver is on the road back from an extended absence

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has missed all of training camp and the first two preseason games as he looks to get himself right mentally and physically. Now it appears he’s back and ready to contribute to the 2018 Browns.

Gordon tweeted his appreciation to the league, Browns, and his supporters Saturday morning as he dealt with personal issues, and says he’s coming back now that he’s dealt with those issues.

The 27-year-old played in his first NFL game since 2014 last year after being suspended several times for substance abuse. Gordon specifically mentioned maintaining his sobriety in his message to fans.

Cleveland’s wide receiver group looks much different with Gordon in the fray, and even more so after trading former first-round pick Corey Coleman to the Bills.

Jarvis Landry and rookie Antonio Calloway look to be the starters with Rashad Higgins and Jeff Janis in-house as well. Tight end David Njoku has flashed since the Browns took him in the first round last year.

Speaking of in-house, the Browns had veteran Dez Bryant in discussing a contract prior to Gordon announcing his return. Could Gordon’s imminent return change the Browns chances of signing Bryant?

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Regardless, it’s great to see Gordon back for the Browns after a long road many thought would never reach an end. If Gordon can contribute for the Browns in any way, it makes Cleveland an even more intriguing team to watch this year as they look for their first win since 2016.