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Josh Gordon’s teammates sticking with him through “tough time”

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 23: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the sideliens in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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The Browns haven’t necessarily made it translate onto the field, but they’ve shown they’re willing to stick with their own.

Even though wide receiver Josh Gordon can’t return to the team until next February after his latest substance-abuse suspension, there’s still hope that he will return, and players such as Joe Haden have been there for him.

“With Josh, he’s hanging in there,’' agent Drew Rosenhaus told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He’s biding his time. It’s a difficult process and it’s meant to be difficult obviously. But I’ve got faith in him and he’ll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL in my opinion. . . .

“The players on this team really care about Josh. Joe Haden’s been great to him and so have all of his friends on the team. That’s really meant a lot to Josh during this difficult time.’'

Haden has also taken quarterback Johnny Manziel under his wing, so taking on that mentor role is nothing new. But while Gordon can’t be around the team facility during his ban, a number of players have stayed in contact, and Gordon remains in the Cleveland area.

Haden said he sees signs of commitment from Gordon, as he tries to get his career back. While not having a support structure around him might not necessarily be helping that process, it’s noble that teammates continue to try to work with him, given the track record of disappointment Gordon has left behind him.