BEREA, Ohio -- Before reporting for training camp on Friday, Cleveland Browns All-Pro/Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon reportedly checked into a rehabilitation facility to combat a substance abuse problem that has him on the brink of an indefinite suspension from the NFL.
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Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo first reported Gordon's trip to rehab on Thursday.
"I'm happy for him," cornerback Joe Haden said Friday. "I'm here for J.G. I love him like a brother. We're here for support, and for him to do that, that's a big step. That means he knows something's going on and he's trying to fix a problem."
Reports of Gordon's latest failed drug test surfaced on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft, and has since been followed up by two traffic violations, the second of which resulted in him getting arrested for driving while impaired.
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Gordon will reportedly face an appeal hearing regarding his suspension on Aug. 1.
"I've reached out to him and I'll keep that interaction between he and I," quarterback Brian Hoyer said. "We're here to support him and it's a tough time that he's going him through and everything I can do, I've offered that to him."
Until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hands down his ruling on Gordon's suspension, the Browns will operate as if they will have him in the lineup for at least part of the regular season.
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"First and foremost, we care about our players," Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said. "We want our players to take care of themselves and make good decisions. We're going to do everything we can to support him.
"At the same time, the players have to understand they're accountable to themselves, to their teammates, to the front office and to our fans. People have to understand that, and I'll leave it at that."
Browns coach Mike Pettine added, "You have to because you just hear everything that could possibly happen. You don't want to put yourself in a situation where you start with him in a certain way and you're just waiting for the news. Until we get it, it truly is business as usual."
Despite missing two games because of a league-mandated suspension at the start of the 2013 regular season, Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards, a 117.6 yards-per-game average, longest catch and touchdown reception, a 95-yard score against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 1.
His 1,646 receiving yards on 87 receptions and seven 100-yard receiving games were single-season club records, and he was the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.
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Should the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon, who has the best two, three and four-game receiving yardage totals in NFL history, be out of the lineup for any amount of time, Hoyer remains confident the team can have a deep threat.
"I'm really excited about all of our skill players and now, to get Miles (Austin) back out here and Nate (Burleson), those guys as a group, there's a lot of playmakers out there in that group, so I'm not necessarily concerned about that," Hoyer said.
"You talk about a deep threat, Anthony Armstrong really opened up my eyes with what he did in this offseason and you talk about Travis Benjamin coming back. Charles Johnson has looked great. I'm really excited about working with all of those guys. Regardless of Josh's situation, you've got to move forward. We have what we have, and I think those guys can more than do enough to get the job done."