CLEVELAND, Ohio – All we know about Josh Gordon is that we do not know much.
We've posted his statement on Twitter to make sure this early training camp is secured. Absence is part of his overall treatment plan. We have a brief explanation from the Browns, who promise continued support.
An NFL spokesman told Mary Kay Cabot that Gordon was not suspended – but the line also said, "We'll address the matter at the right time."  The vagueness of this whole development naturally leads to speculation and speculation can be dangerous. However, fans can be excused when they say goodbye to today's news feeling as if they've seen it before.
The Browns, as they welcomed Gordon back, hoped this time would be different and maybe it is ̵
Adam Schefter tweeted that Gordon, according to sources, "is a proactive, defensive gesture to get additional advice to make sure he has none of the setbacks that shaped his past."  That's a positive, if it's true.
That, if it is true, highlights one point that we must acknowledge: It is not easy to be present during the offseason program or at the beginning of the training camp. It's about the big picture, both personally and professionally.
As Cabot wrote in her story earlier:
"Jimmy and Dee Haslam have always supported Gordon and sympathized with his illness, and have emphasized his health and health – Being is of paramount importance."
The The fact that Gordon has chosen a profession makes football more complicated. The NFL is a high-stakes world. Gordon's skill level is why he had so many chances, but that's why every part of his recovery is so public and questioned.
The Browns hope Gordon will hold onto this success for all these years. even if the names have changed at this time. Hue Jackson has played in his two seasons with Gordon and won a preseason in 2016 before Gordon went to rehab just before returning to the regular season. Jackson, having closed Gordon's door, greeted him with open arms at the end of last season.
The Browns who withdrew Gordon became willing, active participants in Gordon's recovery. You can not just copy this as an unexpected twist. Nobody in the organization can shrug their shoulders and say they could not see it.
Gordon's past is well documented, much of it by his own admission. The Browns are doing through the ups and downs. Certainly, the discussion changes when there is more than is currently the case, but it is a reasonable expectation that the Browns have a better idea of what exactly this absence caused than anyone outside of Gordon and his circle.
Football standpoint, Gordon's absence at the start of the camp for a team hoping to leave 1-31 behind is not great. But while Gordon is shaped by his ability to play football, that goes beyond football. The Browns signed a measure of instability by welcoming Gordon. Hope is a more stable future for Gordon and the Browns.
What's next for Josh Gordon? Mary Kay Cabot and I discussed our latest podcast.
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