New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon announced on Thursday, that he is leaving football to focus on his mental health. Gordon took to Twitter saying he takes his mental health seriously and wants to ensure he remains able to perform at the top level. He feels like he could have better handling on things mentally.

RT reported that Josh thanked New England coach Bill Belichick, owner Robert Kraft, the Patriots organization and the fans. The Patriots later released a statement saying they support Gordon in his efforts to focus on his mental health.

Josh Gordon also facing possible suspension

Bleacher Report reported that Josh is also facing a possible suspension for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the NFL's drug policy. The exact punishment has not been decided, but it's expected Gordon will not be playing the rest of this season. NFL Network first reported that Gordon could be suspended.

Gordon previously sought counseling for mental health and anxiety concerns during the start of the Cleveland Browns training camp. Gordon ended up playing three weeks later but ended up being traded to New England for a 2019 fifth-round pick. Before being traded to New England, it seemed like Josh Gordon's NFL career was over. Josh has previously been suspended for the previous four seasons because of drug violations.

The Browns have been supportive of Josh since he started working at turning things around.

Josh Gordon was kept to one catch for 19 yards during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was absent for the team's final fourth-down play. He ended up playing 57 of 62 offensive snaps. For the first time as a Patriot, he didn't answer questions from the media.

Josh Gordon has become an elite receiver over the years

Gordon became a number two receiver alongside Julian Edelman and averaged 59 snaps over the past nine games. With Gordon gone, the Patriots expect to rely more on Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Philip Dorsett. In 11 games as a Patriot, Gordon made 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.

The former Baylor star has become one of the NFL's top wideouts. In 2013, Gordon led the NFL with 1,700 yards and nine touchdowns. He ended up being named a first-team All-Pro. Gordon's departure comes as the Patriots are struggling to make the playoffs, as they stand 9-5 in the AFC. The Patriots have lost the last two games in a row and are facing losing a first-round playoff bye. With Josh gone, Tom Brady will now be relying on Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and running back James White.