Patriots’ Gordon steps away from football

Matt Sunday / DKPS

Josh Gordon is taking a break from the game of football.

Tuesday morning, the Patriots receiver tweeted he needed to focus on his mental health and has elected to take a break from football.

Following that tweet, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for "violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy."

Gordon, 27, was selected in the 2012 supplemental draft by the Cleveland Browns and led the NFL in receiving yards in 2013 despite serving a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

In July of 2014, he was arrested for driving while impaired in North Carolina and later announced a one-year suspension for again violating the league's substance abuse policy. That yearlong suspension was eventually reduced to 10 games, but the Browns suspended Gordon for the final game of the year due to violating the team's rules.

After another violation of the league's substance abuse policy, Gordon missed the entire 2015 NFL season.

This September, he was traded to the Patriots along with a seventh-round pick in return for a fifth-round pick. In 11 starts for New England, Gordon posted 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns. He currently leads the team in receiving yardage.

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