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Josh Gordon timeline: WR has long, troubled substance abuse history

Josh Gordon timeline: WR has long, troubled substance abuse history

Josh Gordon's past seemingly has caught up to him -- again.

The New England Patriots wide receiver announced Thursday morning that he's stepping away from football to focus on his mental health, but later in the day the NFL announces an indefinite suspension for violating the terms of his reinstatement, which could spell the end of his NFL career.

So, how did the talented yet troubled wideout get to this point?

Here's a timeline of Gordon's extensive history with substance abuse, which he's dealt with since childhood:

Pre-2010: Gordon admitted in a 2017 interview with GQ he began abusing drugs in seventh grade. The Houston native said he tried Xanax, marijuana and codeine to "self-medicate" and deal with "adolescent trauma-based fear."

October 2010: Gordon, a sophomore at Baylor, is arrested after he and a teammate fall asleep at a Taco Bell drive-thru and police find marijuana in the car. Gordon's misdemeanor charges are later dropped.

July 2011: Baylor coach Art Briles suspends Gordon indefinitely for failing a drug test. Gordon transfers to the University of Utah in August 2011 but sits out the 2011 season after declaring too late for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.

June 2013: The NFL suspends Gordon, then on the Cleveland Browns, for the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

July 2014: Gordon is arrested for driving while impaired in Raleigh, N.C.

August 2014: Gordon reveals the NFL has suspended him for the entire 2014 season after another substance abuse policy violation. His suspension is reduced to 10 games in mid-September, and he's reinstated on Nov. 17.

January 2015: Gordon faces another year-long suspension from the NFL, this time violating the NFL's substance abuse policy by testing positive for alcohol.

July 2016: Gordon is officially reinstated by the NFL after his first application for reinstatement in January was denied. He is allowed to participate in training camp but remains suspended for Cleveland's first four games.

September 2016: Gordon leaves the Browns to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility in New Hampshire. He ends up missing the entire 2016 season.

November 2017: Gordon is reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis and is eligible to return to the Browns in Week 13.

September 2018: The Browns announce they're parting ways with Gordon after he "violated the team's trust." He reportedly showed up late to the team's facility after injuring his hamstring during a promotional video shoot. Cleveland trades Gordon to the Patriots on September 17.

December 2018: Gordon announces he's stepping away from the Patriots. Later in the day, the NFL indefinitely suspends him for violating the terms of his reinstatement.

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Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

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Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

There are still three days until the Patriots release their first injury report ahead of their Week 15 matchup against the Bengals, but Tom Brady has a prediction: his name will show up.

When Brady went to the podium following Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs, his right elbow was heavily wrapped.

"I just got hit right on my elbow. It's fine," Brady said. "I'll probably be on the injury report, but I'll be there next Sunday."

Brady was sacked three times Sunday while going just 19-for-36 for 169 yards, his second-lowest total of the season and his third sub-200 yard game of the 2019 season.

The 42-year-old quarterback also appeared on last week's injury report thanks to toe and elbow issues, but he was taken off the report Friday ahead of the Chiefs game.

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Turning Point: Tom Brady's interception helped dig Patriots early hole

Turning Point: Tom Brady's interception helped dig Patriots early hole

FOXBORO -- Josh McDaniels noted that, despite the difficulties his offense has faced this season, one of the things it was actually pretty good at was taking care of the football.

But a turnover early in Sunday's matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs helped dig McDaniels' offense a hole that it'd have trouble climbing out of.

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Our Turning Point from the rematch between 2018 AFC Championship Game opponents was Tom Brady's early second-quarter interception. On a first-down snap -- the first offensive snap after allowing a 48-yard score to Chiefs rookie Mecole Hardman -- Brady sold a play-action fake and floated a seam pass to tight end Matt LaCosse. There was no confusion. No hesitation in his release.

But the Chiefs were in zone, it appeared, and corner Bashaud Breeland was dropping with his eyes on Brady as Julian Edelman ran a slant in front of him. Not sticking at all with the slant -- perhaps because he almost lost his footing coming out of his stance -- Breeland easily jumped the seam route and picked off Brady's lob.

The Patriots had plenty of time to overcome that mistake, but things snowballed from there. The Chiefs rattled off an eight-play drive to score on an inverted wishbone play -- something New England had seen from Baltimore and Houston earlier this year -- to make the score 17-7.

The Patriots lost, 23-16.

Breeland, who made the game-winning pass breakup on fourth down with about a minute left in the fourth quarter, made a good play to intercept Brady when he did. But that mistake by the Patriots offense -- one they'd been fairly adept at avoiding over the course of the season -- cost them.

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