Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns

Tanya Simon
September 16, 2018

On Saturday, team doctors examined Gordon and seemed to confirm he had a tweaked hamstring, but there also was concern that perhaps he was struggling again with his sobriety or on the verge of relapsing, sources told the website.

Cleveland stood by Gordon through multiple suspensions, including two full seasons he missed due to multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

The Browns announced they will release wideout Josh Gordon.

Though Gordon is set to be released Monday, there still is a possibility the Browns will be able to trade him.

"For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally, and wanted the best for him", Dorsey said in the statement, "but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

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.

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The team quickly moved to deactivate him for Sunday's game at the New Orleans Saints, with Rapoport calling the move "unexpected".

The Browns got a glimpse of what a healthy and focused Gordon could do over the last five games of the 2017 season after his return from his latest NFL-mandated suspension, which lasted almost three full seasons.'s Mary Kay Cabot reported that Gordon was "not himself" when he showed up to the Browns' facility Saturday.

The Browns selected Gordon in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

The league's leading receiver in 2013, Gordon caught one pass for a 17-yard touchdown in last week's tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Josh Gordon will soon be a free agent.

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