Patriots’ Receiver Josh Gordon Suspended Indefinitely for Violating Terms of Conditional Reinstatement, Says He is Stepping Away from NFL to Focus on His Mental Health

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the NFL’s drug policy, the league announced Thursday.

“Effective today, Josh Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the league said in a statement.

Gordon, 27, had been suspended by the NFL for most of the previous four seasons because of multiple drug violations. Based on the discipline schedule in the collective bargaining agreement, Gordon would be facing banishment from the league for any positive test, though he could still apply for reinstatement.

Earlier Thursday, Gordon tweeted that he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.

“I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health,” Gordon said in his statement.

Gordon went on to thank coach Bill Belichick, team owner Robert Kraft, the Patriots organization and the fans. A short time later, the Patriots said in a statement that they support Gordon “in his continued efforts to focus on his health.”

“I think we all care for him,” safety Devin McCourty said. “He was a great teammate. Worked his butt off while he was here. For us as players we wish him the best personally.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Mike Reiss