Josh Gordon found out like most of the NFL world that the Cleveland Browns wide receiver had been reinstated from his league-imposed suspension - from the media.
He received a heads-up phone call and then went online to verify that his indefinite suspension had been lifted last week.
"I was really excited," Gordon said Thursday. "I was definitely excited man. I was tremendously happy, for sure. Elated."
Gordon left it to commissioner Roger Goodell to explain why he still faces a four-game suspension to begin the season, but Gordon is focused on recovering from a quadriceps injury - and recovering his reputation tainted by numerous off-field issues.
Training camp is an opportunity for Gordon to hit the "reset button," Browns coach Hue Jackson said, accompanied at a press conference by team vice president Sashi Brown.
Gordon could return in Week 5 against the New England Patriots.
"I truly believe he wants to make it right," Jackson said. "I think if a player wants to change, you have to create an environment for him to change. ... It's about him. He has to do this."
Gordon caught 137 passes for 2,461 yards and 14 touchdowns over his first two NFL seasons, but then began to run into issues with the league's substance abuse program. He played in five games in 2014 - the last time he saw the field for a regular-season NFL game.
He was suspended all of last season, and has been seen several times hanging out with former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel this offseason.
"It definitely can't be done here at the podium," Gordon said of proving he has matured. "That's for sure. You know, nothing really gets done here (speaking), but out there on the field, I can do everything I came here to do on the field and by my actions.
"Nothing that I say can do much to show you, but with the support that I have here, with Mr. (Jimmy) Haslam, to the team, to the coaches, to the players here, they've shown me an extreme amount of support and love, and I can only do that by showing it back to them."
Gordon said he injured his quadriceps a few weeks ago while working out on his own. But he's excited to get back on the field and work with new Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III, whom Gordon said was the reason he landed at Baylor in 2009.
"That's one of my best friends," Gordon said. "It's not a mistake that my locker is next to his. He looks out for me. That's part of my support staff that I was mentioning, guys I know I can lean on and can count on. I know he's a big brother in that regard. As much as I need him, everybody else in this building needs him just as much."