New ban for Josh Gordon after what NFL calls another violation of substance abuse policy

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon announced Thursday morning via Twitter he is stepping away from the game for an undetermined period of time to focus on his mental health.

Gordon, in his first season in New England, posted the following statement: “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. I would like to thank Coach Belichick, Mr. Kraft, as well as countless others within the Patriots organization for their continued support. I want to thank my fans for their support as well as I continue down the path getting back to 100%.”

Soon after, the Patriots released the following statement: “We support Josh Gordon in his continued efforts to focus on his heath. His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect.”

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. However, Gordon did not address that in his post.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: The league issued the following statement on Gordon -- “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 6-foot-3, 220-pounder had 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games this year with the Patriots.

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