Browns WR Josh Gordon vows to change circle of friends

Suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon indicated on his Twitter account Monday that he planned to "disassociate" himself from anyone that might be a contributing factor to keeping him out of the NFL.

The wide receiver, who has been suspended since last February, recently applied to the league for reinstatement, formally asking commissioner Roger Goodell to allow him back.

Gordon, who was suspended for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, failed an alcohol test last year, wiping out the talented receiver's 2015 season.

"In support of their applications, players generally put forward verifiable testing records and/or submit to periodic NFL testing during the banishment period," league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email.

Gordon also will be interviewed by the league's medical director and medical adviser, who will make a recommendation to Goodell on Gordon's reinstatement. Goodell will make a decision within 60 days of Gordon's application. If he can return to the Browns, he will be under contract for 2016 for nearly $1.1 million and can become a restricted free agent following the season.

Gordon, 24, made the Pro Bowl in 2013 when he led the league with 1,646 yards receiving despite playing just 14 games. Gordon also had nine touchdowns that season.

However, he hasn't been able to stay out of trouble.

After Gordon pleaded guilty to driving while impaired on July 5, 2014, in Raleigh, North Carolina, he was required to submit to alcohol testing under the third stage of the league's mandated program. Gordon said he drank on a flight to Las Vegas a few days after the 2014 season ended and failed a subsequent test. Gordon had assumed any restrictions ended after the season, but he didn't clarify that with the league.

Gordon was initially suspended for the 2014 season after testing positive for marijuana. His penalty was later reduced to 10 games after the league and NFLPA changed their substance abuse policies. Gordon had to sit out two games in 2013 for a failed drug test, which he blamed on taking prescription cough medicine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.