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Josh Gordon Training with Ex-Olympian Tim Montgomery During Suspension

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2019

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 09:  Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon is working out with Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery after the NFL suspended him indefinitely in December.

On Tuesday, TMZ Sports reported Gordon is training alongside Montgomery six times a week at the NUMA Speed facility in Gainesville, Florida.

The 27-year-old Houston native posted a series of photos on Instagram with tags that included Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his fitness brand, TB12 Sports.

Gordon, who was suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league's substance abuse policy, released a statement shortly before the latest ban was announced saying he'd be leaving the Patriots to focus on his mental health.

"I take my mental health very seriously at this point to ensure I remain able to perform at the highest level. I have recently felt like I could have a better grasp on things mentally. With that said, I will be stepping away from the football field for a bit to focus on my mental health," Gordon said.

Gordon took a leave of absence from the Cleveland Browns before training camp in July for the same reason. He was traded to the Pats in September.

The 2013 All-Pro selection recorded 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns in 11 appearances for New England before the suspension.

Meanwhile, Montgomery helped the United States win gold in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

He later admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his track and field career. In 2008, he was sentenced to five years in prison on heroin charges.

In 2013, Montgomery told Rachel Axon of USA Today he was a changed man: "There's nothing else I want. I had everything else—fast cars, had money, had clothes, had jewelry, traveled the world. I still ended up at the bottom."

The NFL hasn't provided a timetable for Gordon's potential reinstatement after he missed the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl LIII title.

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