Josh Gordon's agent Drew Rosenhaus says the suspended Browns receiver is determined to play in the NFL again.
According to Rosenhaus, the 24-year-old Gordon is "hanging in there" in the midst of his minimum year-long ban from the NFL due to multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. The wideout still lives in the Cleveland area and has been spending time with teammates despite being unable to work out with them or attend team meetings.
Gordon's mandated suspension will expire in February, at which point he will need the O.K. from commissioner Roger Goodell to resume playing.
"He's biding his time, Rosenhaus said. "It's a difficult process and it's meant to be difficult obviously. But I've got faith in him and he'll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL in my opinion.''
Gordon's teammates have remained supportive of the troubled star, who caught 87 passes for a league-high 1,646 yards, plus nine touchdowns, in 2013.
"The players on this team really care about Josh,'' Rosenhaus said. "Joe Haden's been great to him and so have all of his friends on the team. That's really meant a lot to Josh during this difficult time.''
It's been a brief, tumultuous career for Gordon thus far, receiving his latest suspension after drinking alcohol with teammates on a plane ride to Las Vegas in January. He was suspended 10 games in 2014 for marijuana use and two games the season prior for what he said was codeine in his prescription cough syrup.
"It's not an easy situation to be in and he's just taking it one day at a time,'' said Rosenhaus. "It's been about four months and we're just trying to get him through this year."
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