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Report: Patriots paying for treatment, not ruling out Josh Gordon return

Jesse Reed
Seahawks news: Josh Gordon
Sep 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gordon is currently suspended indefinitely by the NFL following yet another failed drug test, but the New England Patriots haven’t given up on the receiver.

Far from it.

According to Doug Kyed of NESN, the Patriots are currently paying for Gordon to receive treatment in Gainesville, Fla., and are open to an eventual return.

“The team, the NFL and the NFL Players Association are working with Gordon to treat his drug addiction. The goal is for the receiver to function in life and football. A return to the Patriots is still possible. If the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, he would receive a ring.”

As a member of the Patriots this past season, appearing in 11 games, Gordon hauled in 40 passes for 720 yards with three touchdowns.

Gordon has been suspended by the NFL for failing drug tests multiple times throughout his career.

Since entering the league as a supplemental draft pick in 2012, he’s managed to play in 52 games — missing the 2015-16 seasons entirely due to suspensions — and has caught 220 passes for 3,826 yards with 19 touchdowns.