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Johnny Manziel says Josh Gordon is 'doing the right things'

BEREA, Ohio -- Johnny Manziel still considers Josh Gordon a part of the Cleveland Browns.

Manziel said he is in "constant contact" with Gordon, who is suspended at least for this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Manziel even invited Gordon to attend a Texas A&M game with him Nov. 7 against Auburn.

"I think he's doing the right things," Manziel said. "From everything I've seen he's been working out each and every day in L.A., working really hard.

"He's still here. We still have his rights. He's still a part of the team. I'm excited -- and I can only speak for me -- I'm excited to have him back and I hope he is back in the spring for sure."

Gordon was banned for at least one year on Feb. 3, 2015, for numerous violations of the substance abuse policy. He has to apply for reinstatement, and the decision on whether he returns is commissioner Roger Goodell's.

Gordon recently posted a video on the ProAthlete TV channel on YouTube saying he needed the suspension to "slow down."

Manziel spoke as if he envisioned being the quarterback who would be working with Gordon in the Browns' offseason program.

"I think having a full offseason with him, training camp, OTAs, and then getting into the season will only help him [Gordon]," Manziel said.