New England Patriots recipient Josh Gordon said Thursday he is stepping away from football to concentrate on his mental wellbeing.

Back in a statement on Twitter, Gordon said:”I take my mental health very seriously at this time to ensure I remain able to execute at the maximum degree. I’ve recently felt as though that I really could get a better grip on things mentally. With that said, I am going to soon be stepping out from the football field for a bit to concentrate on my mental wellbeing.”

Gordon went on to thank coach Bill Belichick, team owner Robert Kraft, the Patriots company along with the fans. The Patriots affirmed to ESPN that the statement was from Gordon.

Gordon missed the beginning of Cleveland Browns training camp this season to find counselling for mental health and anxiety. He rejoined the team three weeks later and played one game for Cleveland before the Browns chose to move on, trading him New England for a 2019 fifth-round pick. Gordon, 27, had been suspended by the NFL to the majority of the last four seasons as a result of multiple medication violations.

Gordon participated fully from the group Wednesday’s practice.

Back in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gordon was held to one catch for 19 yardsand has been targeted just twice. For the first time since he composed for the Patriots this seasonhe didn’t answer questions from reporters after the game.

Gordon had raised to a No. 2 role as recipient Julian Edelman, averaging 5 9 snaps per game over the previous nine competitions. In his absence, the team endeavors to rely on Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett.

In 11 games with the Patriots, Gordon totaled 40 receptions for 720 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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