Josh Gordon says he’s played ‘probably every game of my career’ with drugs or alcohol in his system

Josh Gordon is ready to play football again. And this time the Cleveland Browns’ Pro Bowl receiver plans on doing it sober, something he says he’s never done before while playing in the NFL or college.

“I don’t know how I did it,” Gordon told GQ magazine in an interview published online Monday. “It could be before games, it could be before practice, after practice. You see other guys kinda doing it, but I would take it to another level a lot of times. Feeling as though I was being enabled, I thought it was an OK thing to do: ‘Well, this is the norm.’ And it wasn’t. It definitely wasn’t.”

Because of his substance abuse issues, Gordon hasn’t played in the NFL since 2014. He was suspended for all of the 2015 season and the first four games in 2016, then missed the rest of that season after checking himself into rehab.

Last week, Gordon was reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He can attend Browns team meetings starting Tuesday and is eligible to join his teammates at practice on Nov. 20 and on the playing field Dec. 3.

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