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Josh Gordon could be back with Patriots by start of 2019 training camp

Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon -- away from the team since Dec. 20, and currently undergoing treatment at an in-patient facility in Florida while on an indefinite suspension from the National Football League -- could be back for the start of 2019 training camp, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

“My understand, talking to people close to him, is that he’s doing a lot better," Rapoport said. "They believe the rock bottom he hit in New England will help him turn the corner. Should be released from the facility soon, and there is a chance that he is back [and] reinstated potentially for the start of training camp for the Patriots.”

Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell discussed Gordon's situation, and hoped for the best for the talented-but-troubled wideout whose career has been derailed by suspensions and substance abuse issues.

“I understand the struggles and challenges that [Gordon has] had to go through,” Goodell said. “And he is working at it.

"He understands what he has to do and this is well beyond football. This is for his life.”

And though his social media activity has been dialed back throughout his absence from the team, Gordon took to Instagram following New England's 13-3 Super Bowl LIII victory to congratulate his teammates on the victory, complete with a trophy and ring emoji, along with the Tom Brady favorite "#lfg" hashtag.

The polarizing Gordon has not been an out-of-sight, out-of-mind talent since his departure from the team, either, as the Patriots have repeatedly wished for the best and are reportedly paying for Gordon's treatment in Florida.

Acquired from the Browns in September, the 27-year-old Gordon recorded 40 catches for 720 yards and three scores in 11 games with the Patriots this past season.