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Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon remains absent from Cleveland Browns training camp, but he’s been in contact with one of his fellow wide receivers.

Third-year pro Rashard Higgins exchanged texts with Gordon on Friday, and said he’s in good spirits. Higgins said he and Gordon didn’t talk about football, but “family, just little things like that.”

Gordon is undergoing treatment for his long-standing drug and alcohol addictions. A league spokesman said he has not been suspended. There is no timetable for his return.

The Browns remain confident that Gordon, who has been suspended multiple times by the NFL for drug violations, will return at some point. Cleveland opens the exhibition season on Thursday against the New York Giants.

The 27-year-old Gordon has played in only 10 games since leading the league with 1,646 yards receiving yards in 2013.

Gordon is in Stage 3 of the league’s substance-abuse program and faces another indefinite ban for any violation.

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