The New England Patriots have taken to Twitter to release a statement on the departure of wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon, who was traded by the Cleveland Browns to the New England Patriots earlier this season, announced on social media this morning that he is stepping away from the game of football.
"I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health," he announced.
Gordon is reportedly facing an indefinite suspension from the NFL for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
ESPN.com had more on the potential suspension:
A source told ESPN's Dan Graziano that Gordon is facing a potential suspension for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the NFL's drug policy. The final punishment has yet to be decided, but the expectation is that Gordon will not play again this season. NFL Network first reported that Gordon could be suspended. Gordon missed the start of Cleveland Browns training camp this season to seek counseling for mental health and anxiety. He rejoined the team three weeks later and played in one game for Cleveland before the Browns decided to move on, trading him to New England for a 2019 fifth-round pick. Gordon, 27, had been suspended by the NFL for most of the previous four seasons because of multiple drug violations, and the Browns were supportive of him for years as he tried to turn things around.
The Patriots released a statement on Twitter regarding Gordon earlier this morning:
Gordon has spent the majority of the past four seasons away from the game of football, serving various suspensions.
The wide receiver had caught 40 passes for 720 yards and 3 touchdowns during his time with the Patriots.