Browns release wide receiver Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns

Others were perplexed, wondering why the Browns would cut Gordon now after sticking with him for so many years.

The former Baylor wide receiver's troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns ended when the team announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide receiver on Monday.

According to the Cleveland insider, Gordon showed up late to the team facility on Saturday morning, but even worse, members of the organization feared it was over substance use.

"For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him", Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "We wish Josh well".

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 news came several hours after Gordon was listed as out for Sunday's Week 2 game at New Orleans due to a hamstring injury.

Gordon had just rejoined the team on August 18.

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

But given Gordon's talent, it's likely that more than one receiver-needy club will be fascinated by the idea of doing what the Browns ultimately could not: tap into his vast well of talent while also steering him clear of his many troubles.

After a substantial amount of time away from the team during the preseason, Gordon returned in time to play against the Steelers last week, hauling in a touchdown grab in the 21-21 tie.

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