BEREA, Ohio – Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says the lowest point during his 10-game suspension was that he was treated differently by friends and teammates.
Gordon returned last week after serving his suspension for substance abuse, catching eight passes for 120 yards in a win over Atlanta. In an NFL Network interview with former teammate Nate Burleson, Gordon said people with the Browns were "more standoffish" with him. He said "it's kind of like a disease" with people wanting to keep their distance.
Gordon couldn't practice or work out with his teammates during the suspension, but he was allowed to attend meetings and interact with employees in the facility.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said he can understand why Gordon may have felt alienated since it's "human nature" to treat someone who is injured or suspended a little differently. Pettine says Gordon is well-liked by his teammates and Cleveland's coaching staff.
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