Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was involved in a one-car accident on Saturday, Dec. 14, but he has been cleared by the team's medical staff and will be active for the Browns' Week 15 contest against the Chicago Bears.
UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. ET
Ryan Lewis of Ohio.com provides a statement from Gordon discussing the car accident:
Gordon was involved in a car accident Saturday while on his way to a team meeting, though he didn’t blame it for his quiet performance. Gordon was a passenger in his SUV when a vehicle in front of his lost control, causing his SUV to swerve, team spokesman Zak Gilbert said. Gilbert said that as far as he knows, there were no injuries. Gordon still attended the team meeting and was medically cleared to play.
“The weather happened,” Gordon said. “Whenever it’s life-threatening, it’s scary. I wasn’t driving. It was just an accident. It has nothing to do with the game.”
Lewis also provided a statement from Gordon's teammate, D'Qwell Jackson, discussing the incident:
“I almost cussed. That’s news to me. I would’ve been concerned if I knew about that. I didn’t know that. Jesus. Oh my, gosh. It is slick out there.”
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Browns spokesperson Zak Gilbert told Cabot that there were no injuries in the crash. Gordon was brought back to the team hotel and underwent testing by the team's medical staff, who cleared him for action.
The news is obviously good for the Browns and Gordon, who is in the midst of a historical run. The second-year receiver broke the NFL record for receiving yards in a four-game span (774 yards), and he's the only player in league history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.
Following the game, Gordon discussed the crash (via Cabot):
#Browns Gordon on his minor SUV accident: "Whenever it's life-threatening, it's scary. I wasn't driving. It has nothing to do w/ game.''— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 15, 2013
In the loss, Gordon tallied three grabs for 67 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland fell to Chicago 38-31.
While Cleveland has been eliminated from playoff contention, Gordon's breakout has been one of the few bright spots. The Browns entered Week 15 having lost seven of their last eight games.
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