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Josh Gordon returns to Browns following leave of absence 

Josh Gordon is back with the Browns. 

The Browns wide receiver has returned to the team following a leave of absence, which focused on his “overall mental and physical health,” the club announced Saturday. 

“As I humbly return to being a member of this team with an opportunity to get back to playing this game I love, I realize in order for me to reach my full potential my primary focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being,” Gordon wrote in a statement.

Gordon, who continues to recover from a public struggle with addiction, announced July 23 he wouldn’t be in Cleveland for the start of training camp citing a desire to stay on a positive path. 

Gordon returned to the field late last season 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. 

General manager John Dorsey said the team is pleased to welcome Gordon back and will gradually work the receiver back into the swing of things.

“First off, we are pleased for Josh. His overall health and well-being is what is most important. We commend Josh for his hard work, commitment and focus on becoming the best version of himself,” Dorsey said. 

“We are glad Josh has reached a point where he can return to our organization, be in our building and be around his teammates. As he assimilates back to our team, Josh will initially participate in meetings and conditioning and will gradually resume all football activities as deemed appropriate.”

Gordon rejoins a receivers room that includes three-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry and rookie Antonio Callaway, who are listed as the team's current starters. Cleveland recently traded away former first-round pick Corey Coleman to Buffalo and hosted former Cowboys star Dez Bryant on a visit Thursday. 

Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in 2017.

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