Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook: Gordon Grateful for Another Chance with Browns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook: Gordon Grateful for Another Chance with Browns

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Gordon is grateful for latest shot with Browns

Humbled, grateful and determined to make up for lost time and to those who stood by him, Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon stood on an NFL practice field in Berea, Ohio, and finally felt peace.

Surrounded by teammates eager to start a new season, Gordon was home.

Recently reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following a lengthy drug suspension, Gordon, 25, said he's been changed by his experience over the past two years. He's grown up, learned from his mistakes and is ready to be productive again.

"I definitely think I'm a different person," he said. "If you haven't changed over a period of time, it's definitely a bad thing. I think me standing here is a testament to that."

Gordon, who has been suspended for 27 of Cleveland's 32 games over the past two seasons and suspended four times in his pro career, believes he can now stay on a straight path. Gordon would not confirm if he's been in rehab, but he acknowledged "taking the necessary steps" to get his life in order.

Gordon is dealing with a quadriceps injury that will keep him out early in training camp.

Vikings extend coach's contract * The Minnesota Vikings reported to training camp Thursday with high expectations and big news involving the coach who has helped create those expectations.

On the campus of Minnesota State University in Mankato, general manager Rick Spielman announced that coach Mike Zimmer, who last year led the Vikings to an 11-5 record the NFC North title in his second season in Minnesota, had signed a contract extension with the team.

Spielman would not reveal terms of the deal but did say "there's no doubt coach Zimmer is going to be our football coach here for a long time."

Zimmer is 18-15, including a playoff loss to Seattle in January, entering his third season.

A new year for champ Broncos * Forget Super Bowl 50. Focus on Super Bowl 51.

That's Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak's message, telling his players to put their championship in the rearview as they kicked off training camp Thursday with star Von Miller in uniform for the first time since the Super Bowl. …

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