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.
Mike Pettine has declared returning
Pettine added Thursday that Brian Hoyer was targeting Gordon often in practice, but warned against the quarterback having tunnel vision in Week 12 and not seeking out other receivers.
Gordon is expected to play about three-quarters of the snaps against the Falcons.
"I've had a long time to get ready for it."
Gordon also was asked if he can have a big game right away. "I definitely think I can," he said. "In regards to the coaching and how they want to implement me into the game plan, that's up to them. I want them to do what they see fit and just use me as an asset, whatever is easiest for them to do."
Gordon returns from his 10-game suspension Sunday at Atlanta. Practice observers said Wednesday he looked to be in good shape.
Browns coach Mike Pettine has talked about easing Gordon back into the offense, but Falcons coach Mike Smith expects a heavy dose of Gordon at the Georgia Dome.
Trufant has taken on the task lately of trying to shut down No. 1 receivers. He matched up against Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin last week.
Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan understands the need to focus on Gordon. "He's a very explosive player," Nolan said. "He's one of the top receivers in the league without question. Big. Strong. Fast. He's a very commanding player at the position."
Pro Football Focus ranks Trufant as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL this season.
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