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Josh Gordon Back to Rehab

9/29/2016 2:32 PM PDT

Josh Gordon Is Going Back to Rehab

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Cleveland Browns superstar Josh Gordon is headed back to rehab ... the team just announced.

 25-year-old Gordon just issued a statement saying, "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility."

"This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person."

"I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, and the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."

The Browns also issued a statement saying they support Gordon. 

Josh has been battling substance abuse for years -- he missed most of the 2014 season and all of the 2015 season due to substance abuse policy violations. He was also suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season after another positive test. 

He was getting ready to make his comeback to the NFL in Week 5 against the Patriots -- but clearly, that's not happening now. 

Gordon is tight with former Browns teammate, Johnny Manziel -- another guy who's battling substance abuse issues. In fact, the two partied at Coachella together back in April. 

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