Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns


Earlier Saturday, the Browns had downgraded Gordon from questionable to out for the Saints game, with a hamstring injury.

Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement that the team has informed Gordon's representatives that he will be released Monday. Gordon was ruled out with a hamstring injury and did not travel with the team.

The Browns intend to release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday, the team announced Saturday.

He informed the Browns on the eve of training camp in late July that he could not report, because he needed time to sort through some personal issues, which apparently did not, for once, include some manner of drug abuse.

It's interesting - Gordon missed the start of Browns camp as he continued to receive treatment for issues that kept him out of the National Football League entirely in 2015 and 2016, but he returned before preseason ended and was expected to be one of their top receivers.

Gordon had 18 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown last season, in five games.

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Gordon, drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 career games with the team.

It is unclear specifically why the Browns made a decision to cut ties with Gordon, but his release will bring to an end a saga of off-the-field problems related to Gordon's substance abuse suspensions and addiction.

This franchise has been beyond forgiving to Gordon throughout the years and it appeared they would finally be repaid for that loyalty this season.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson had said in mid August that he never lost trust in Gordon. Later that season, his suspension was reduced and he played in five games.

A trade could happen before Gordon is released.