BEREA — Josh Gordon is back in contact with the Browns.

Wide receiver Rashard Higgins revealed Saturday he exchanged text messages with Gordon on Friday.

It’s the first known contact Gordon has had with a member of the organization since the former All-Pro receiver announced July 23 he would miss the start of training camp to focus on his mental and physical health and treatment plan.

“We were texting yesterday, and he’s in good spirits and we don’t talk about anything about the field or anything,” Higgins said Saturday before the ninth practice of training camp. “We just talk about, ‘Hey, what’s up bro? How ya doing?’ Family, just little things like that, but we’re not too concerned. We know Josh is handling his business off the field, and when he comes back, he’ll be ready to go.”

Higgins said he doesn’t know when Gordon will reunite with the Browns, but he’s sure they will welcome their teammate back with open arms.

“It will be like he never was gone,” Higgins said. “That’s been one of our brothers from the beginning. That’s how we’re going to treat things.

“I feel like the team as a unit is a good supporting cast for him, just [with] him knowing that we’re here for him and we’ve got his back no matter what.”

Higgins said he has been paying tribute to Gordon with his undershirt selection for practices.

“That’s my locker buddy, and I’m wearing his shirts every day,” Higgins said. “So that’s why I feel like I’ve got superpowers when I come out here.”

On Friday, Browns General Manager John Dorsey said during a radio interview with 92.3 The Fan he hadn’t talked to Gordon and will respect the player’s privacy.

“I admire what he’s doing here because he’s taking care of the long-term interest of his person, and what I’m going to do is concentrate on the guys who are here in the 2018 training camp,” Dorsey said. “And when Josh gets here, I’ll be excited to see him.”

“I told you all he would be here,” Dorsey added, “and he will be here.”

Gordon was active on social media Thursday and Friday, using Instagram Live videos to show he’s been working out. One of the clips showed him training at the University of Florida.

Recurring violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy prevented Gordon from playing for most of the past three years. He missed 44 consecutive games and 54 of 59 before returning for the final five games this past season, when he caught 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown.

Shortly after Gordon announced he would leave the Browns, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy has said “there’s no timetable” for Gordon’s return to the team and “there’s no suspension,” but the league “will address the matter at the appropriate time.”