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Goodwin began experiencing discomfort in his legs and slight shortness of breath during organized team activities in the spring. Follow-up tests revealed the 32-year-old athlete had been suffering from blood clots in his legs and lungs.
Goodwin – who signed with the Browns in free agency during the offseason – said of the blood clots, "It was really alarming at first because I've experienced injury throughout my career, but it's never been anything like this that could turn into something detrimental if it's not taken care of."
"It was frightening at first, but now I'm at ease with it. I've prayed and just given it over to God," the 10th-year veteran declared. "It's out of my control, and the only thing I can control is my effort and attitude and how I approach each day moving forward."
"It's one of those things that is totally out of my control, out of the doctor's control and out of the trainer's control," he added. "It's really an unfortunate deal we have to deal with, but we need to deal with it in the proper fashion. The Browns are doing everything in their power to support me through it by allowing me to be around the team, on the field and in meetings."
Goodwin said of the support from the Browns, "I'm grateful for that, and hopefully this thing gets back under control and I can feel my body and what I need to feel so I can help this team make this run."
The Browns did not indicate if or when Goodwin would rejoin the team on the field because of his non-football illness.
The Browns' first training camp practice is set for Saturday at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Goodwin has played in 102 games in his career, totaling 187 career receptions for 3,023 yards and 18 touchdowns, while averaging 16.2 yards per reception.
The Texas native has played for five teams after being drafted in the third round by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, including the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, and the Browns.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.