Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was released from rehab today after a 30-day stay at the facility. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this was “the most intense treatment” that Gordon has gone through to date, and that the receiver is still waiting to see if he will be reinstated for the rest of the season and be able to rejoin his teammates.
Gordon, 25, was less than a week away from returning from a reduced four-game suspension he was serving after missing all of the 2015 season for his third substance abuse policy violation. Gordon was able to get that indefinite suspension reduced to just the four-games, and was set to come back before entering himself into rehab for an alcohol problem.
Many speculated that Gordon’s entering rehab meant that another substance abuse violation was on the horizon, and Gordon and/or the team was using the rehab move to lighten the blow, but no such violation was announced.
After Gordon checked himself in, Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced that the team was “moving on” from Gordon, and looking forward. Gordon still remains technically on the roster, but his future with the Browns and the NFL is certainly foggy.