Josh Gordon, who was due to come off his four-game suspension Monday, but is back to being suspended indefinitely instead, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
He’ll remain suspended until further notice, and it will be up to the discretion of Commissioner Roger Goodell if and when to let him back in the NFL, a league spokesman told cleveland.com.
In the meantime, he’ll remain on the Browns’ reserve/suspended list, where he doesn’t count against the roster and the Browns don’t have to pay him.
Gordon had been conditionally reinstated by Goodell on July 25, with a four-game suspension to start the season to give him a chance to prove he could stay clean and sober.
Instead, Gordon, 25, left the team on Thursday and checked himself into inpatient rehab, meaning he likely violated the the terms of his recovery program again. A league source told cleveland.com that he’s seeking help primarily for an alcohol problem.
The Browns will cut ties with him at some point, but there’s no immediate need to do so. Regardless, Hue Jackson made it clear Thursday the Browns are done with the oft-suspended receiver, who’s been banned for 31 of his last 36 games.
“What’s best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,” Jackson said. “He’s not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we’re moving forward. We’re going to move on.
“Obviously Josh is not here and doing what he thinks he needs to for his life which we support 100 percent and after today, today is really the last Josh Gordon comment I want to make about that.”