Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Browns finally decide to cut ties with Josh Gordon

Browns finally decide to cut ties with Josh Gordon

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", Browns general manager John Dorsey said.

Additionally, Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports that Gordon showed up late to the facility on Saturday and was described as "not himself", which the Browns believed was a sign of a potential relapse.

Gordon, who has dealt with substance abuse problems for most of his career, missed training camp as he sought mental health treatment but made his return ahead of the season opener. After a superb 2013 season in which Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games, the talented pass-catcher couldn't stay on the field.

The Browns announced earlier Saturday that Gordon was ruled out to play against the New Orleans Saints because of a hamstring injury.

With his history of substance abuse, Cleveland simply couldn't afford to take any more chances with him.

Gordon played 78 percent of the team's offensive snaps in the opening-week tie against the Steelers, even drawing an unexpected start that coach Hue Jackson called a "mistake" due to miscommunication with his offensive coordinator. Now, though, he'll be looking for a new home.

Even with Gordon's multiple suspensions and missed time rendering him a third-year veteran, he has accrued enough National Football League service to be a free agent then. "Unfortunately, we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

Schefter reports that Gordon hurt his hamstring at a promotional shoot, not a team practice.

Now it's any guess what the next step might be for him and whether another team is willing to bring him on board.

Details are slowly starting to emerge surrounding the Cleveland Browns' shocking decision to move on from Josh Gordon.

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