Browns’ WR Josh Gordon returns after health absence

By TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon kept his word and “humbly” returned to the Cleveland Browns. All they can do is hope he stays clean.

The former Pro Bowl receiver Saturday ended an extended absence from training camp to deal with his health. He has missed most of the past four seasons because of numerous violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

He posted a statement on Twitter addressed to “Cleveland Browns and NFL family,” saying he was ready to be with his teammates.

“Thank you for your love, support, and most importantly your patience as I took the time needed to ensure my overall mental and physical health,” Gordon said. The 27-year-old Gordon has battled addictions to drugs and alcohol throughout his life. Last year while he was suspended and in rehab, Gordon said he had never played in a game while sober.

The Browns said Gordon was at the team’s facility in Berea and was taking part in meetings and conditioning Saturday. He is not expected to be on the field for several days.

The Browns have remained supportive of Gordon, who has played in just 10 games since 2013 when he led the league with 1,646 yards