Player Profile: A look at Josh Gordon's career stats
In September the Patriots acquired wide receiver Josh Gordon from Cleveland for a fifth-round pick, taking a risk on a talented wideout with a troubled history. Today they appear to have lost the gamble, as Gordon stepped away at the most crucial portion of the season with a suspension reportedly hanging over his head.
Here's how Gordon's production varied over his seven-year career.
2012: Rookie season
As a second round pick in the 2012 NFL supplemental draft, the Baylor product showed some flashes of becoming a big-time receiver.
2013: Breakout star
Gordon emerged as one of the best young receivers in the NFL in his second season as he led the league in receiving yards. He was suspended for two games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
2014: Season shortened by suspension
Gordon was arrested in the offseason before the 2014 season for driving while impaired. The NFL suspended him for a year after violating the league's substance abuse policy for a second time, but had the sentence reduced to 10 games.
2015-16: Suspended and admitted to rehab
After violating the NFL's substance abuse policy again, Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season.
In 2016, Gordon was reinstated by the NFL and was required to serve a four-game suspension. He then left the Browns to participate in rehabilitation, missing the 2016 season as well.
2017: Late season return
Gordon was reinstated by the NFL but was only allowed to return to the field in Week 13 of the 2017 season.
2018: With the Patriots
Gordon was traded to the Patriots on Sept. 18 and averaged 18 yards a catch in 11 games prior to stepping away . . .