Josh Gordon is another step closer to returning to action.
The Browns activated the wide receiver Saturday morning and plan for him to be involved in walkthroughs until further notice. With the team’s season opener two weeks away, it remains unclear when he’ll be able to return at full capacity, but he's one step closer.
“Josh Gordon is going to go into the second phase of the process that we have him on,” head coach Hue Jackson said Friday on a conference call. “He is definitely getting into the next process for us.”
Gordon rejoined the club last week following a leave of absence as he continues to recover from a public struggle with addiction. He announced July 23 he wouldn’t be in attendance for the start of training camp.
Gordon returned to the field in December following a three-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In five games, he flashed the talent that made him one of the league’s most-electric players and is expected to play a role on Cleveland’s new-and-improved offense.
He’s part of a retooled receivers room that includes three-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry and rookie Antonio Callaway, who are listed as the team's current starters. Cleveland traded away former first-round pick Corey Coleman to Buffalo earlier this month.
Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in 2017.