Gordon returned to action in Week 12 to catch eight passes for 120 yards and key a critical victory in Atlanta.
"The lowest point of all this I think was the disassociation from a lot of friends you thought were close or you thought were kind of cool with really not checking on you anymore, [not] hitting you up anymore, [not] wanting to hang out," Gordon said. "As far as even people in here (with the Browns), I don't want to throw names around, but I can see it.
"I'm definitely really observant so I see how people might just be more standoffish (than) they were before. It's kind of like a disease. People they want to see it, but they don't really want to touch it."
Gordon and the Browns are at Buffalo on Sunday.
Though the Browns initially said he'd play only 20-30 snaps, Gordon was consistently on the field, getting twice as many targets (16) as any other Browns player. And though his longest catch went for only 24 yards, he was targeted on several deep balls that, perhaps with a better rapport with Hoyer, could have resulted in big gains.
In other words, if you've stashed Gordon, the NFL's leading receiver last year, all this time, give yourself a pat on the back. He looks like he'll be a stud down the stretch and should have even bigger games than this one in store.
Even though he missed the first 10 games due to a suspension,
Gordon immediately became quarterback Brian Hoyer's favorite target, as he totaled a team-high 120 yards on eight catches. He was also targeted a team-high 16 times.
Gordon had his ninth career game with at least 100 receiving yards Sunday. The Browns are back in action Week 13 at Buffalo.
Gordon is expected to start or rotate in quickly, according to NFL.com. The Browns are open to more reps, if Gordon is feeling good.
Gordon is returning from a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He spent the last 11 weeks working out on his own. He did attend team meetings, but he couldn't participate in on-field team activities until this past week, when he practiced with the team for the first time since August.
Gordon served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was arguably one of the top wideouts of the 2013 season, racking up 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He'll make his season debut on Sunday against Atlanta.
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