Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner doesn't think the team should discard troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon is facing a potential season-long suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. He was arrested last weekend for driving under the influence.
"It's a big blow to us. I would be lying if I said it wasn't," Browns safety Donte Whitner told Sirius XM NFL Radio."The thing is, we have to rally around him. I know all the dumb things people say, 'He should be cut, he should be this.' He shouldn't."
Whitner said that Gordon, whom he and cornerback Joe Haden have spoken with, is "very remorseful."
"He's a 23-year-old kid; he made some mistakes," Whitner said. "A lot of people's 20-year-old sons make mistakes. We have to help him, and that's the bottom line. We have to help him collectively. It's not going be one person that helps him.
"It's not going to be two people that help him. It's gonna come from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him — not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun