Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Browns WR Josh Gordon to start Sunday vs. Chargers

Browns WR Josh Gordon to start Sunday vs. Chargers

Josh Gordon returns to the National Football League on Sunday after a long suspension because of his drug and alcohol abuse.

"Am I comfortable saying that?"

Jackson seemed excited about Gordon's return when he confirmed that Gordon will play against the Chargers. "Yeah he's gonna start, right away".

"Let it rip", Jackson said. "Pitch count? With this guy?"

Jackson said he'll play his best players, and Gordon has quickly established himself as one of them. "I can't wait, really".

Gordon's return gives the Browns another bona fide offensive playmaker. Green. This week he was with the starters. "I plan for him to play and play as much as he can handle", Jackson told reporters. I really don't. I can't tell you what's inside him.

In 2014-15, the 26-year-old caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games. He said doesn't expect Gordon to miss a beat despite not playing since December 21, 2014, the second-last game of the season.

"[It's] a perseverance story", Gordon said.

While not much has changed for the Browns (0-11) since that cold day in Cleveland, the Chargers have moved to a new city and a new stadium.

"I didn't plan on living past 18", Gordon said. In 2016, he left the team to go to a rehab facility just before his potential reinstatement to the NFL.

"This team beat us past year, bottom line", said Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, who got his job in no small part because Mike McCoy's Chargers lost to the worst team in the league.

"You look at their offense, and there's an explosive player at every skill position", Lynn said. "Three years? I want three years of that pitch count back out there right now". Or a QB not throwing or not taking actual hits for three years.

Gordon now is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. Well, it feels as good as coming back to the Browns can possibly feel. To say he's going to be Josh Gordon 2013. He told Baskin that his drug use began in middle school, first with marijuana in seventh grade and then Xanax in eighth grade. I don't care what anybody says, but we have to transition him through that and help him through it. He said that he used to use drugs and/or drink alcohol before every single game. Glad I was able to bounce back. Overcoming. Defying the odds. That's all it is.

"I think I can do everything that's within my power to do". People want to know about it.

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