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Josh Gordon inches closer to practice, needs to lose weight

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns' lineup started to fall into place Monday.

Robert Griffin III was named the starting quarterback, and cornerback Joe Haden practiced for the first time since having ankle surgery March 18.

The next step: Get reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon on the field.

When might that happen? Hopefully soon, coach Hue Jackson said.

"I think he's getting closer each and every day," Jackson said.

When he does, though, Gordon will need to lose weight.

His college coach Art Briles noticed it last week when he visited Cleveland Browns training camp, and his coach with the Browns acknowledges it.

"He'll be the first to tell you that," Jackson said. "He does, and we're working through that process too."

Numbers on pounds or kilograms were not provided, but Gordon clearly is not where Jackson wants him. It's not a reason for alarm, merely a reality.

Gordon was suspended all of the 2015 season and most of the offseason. The NFL reinstated him on July 25 but also suspended him for the first four games of the 2016 season.

That left Jackson with a delicate balancing act between getting Gordon ready to play and realizing he would not be on the field the first four games.

Gordon further complicated his return by reporting with a quad injury that the team said would sideline him for the first two or more weeks of camp. The Browns are in their second full wee of practice.

Jackson, however, said he thought the quad injury would be good for Gordon in that it would help him settle back in with the team.

"He's making sure he's staying in it the best he can," Jackson said. "Because I think when he walks back out there I think he has something to prove, too. It's good to have a guy with a chip on his shoulder."