Browns’ Gordon “humbly” returns after health absence

CLEVELAND (AP) — 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.

“I took the time needed to ensure my overall mental and physical health,” said Gordon, who thanked the NFL, the players’ union, the Browns, the University of Florida and his business manager.

“This has by no means been an easy road and I’m extremely grateful to have all of you in my life,” he added.

“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. Let’s get to work! Much love, JG.”

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.

Gordon, who has missed 54 of Cleveland’s past 64 games, is not facing another suspension but he’s limited during the initial stages of his return.