Browns Cut Josh Gordon Over Concerns of Substance Abuse

Sunday, 16 Sep, 2018

The Cleveland Browns announced Saturday that they are going to release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday.

Gordon's recently injured hamstring also is an issue, as ESPN's Jordan Zirm reported the receiver injured the hamstring during a promotional shoot Friday night. "We wish Josh well".

The former Pro Bowler Gordon-who had already been ruled out with a hamstring injury-has played in just 11 games since 2014 due to various suspensions for substance abuse violations.

"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. Gordon has been given multiple shots to stay clean and make a difference for this team.

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.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that as many as five teams have called the Browns regarding Gordon's services.

It's unclear if there was a major incident that led to the Browns decision to release Gordon, but reports are coming in that he showed up late to the team facility Saturday and was "not himself".

Gordon had just rejoined the team on August 18. 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.

If the Browns release Gordon on Monday as stated, he'd become a free agent and wouldn't require to clear waivers.