Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Cleveland Browns: Patience with Josh Gordon runs out

Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns Browns to release WR Josh Gordon
Shannon Reynolds | 16 September, 2018, 07:22

Earlier Saturday, Cleveland ruled Gordon out for Sunday's game against the Saints with a hamstring injury.

Despite Gordon's breathtaking amount of red flags and off-field issues, there should be plenty of receiver-needy teams eager take him up on his postscript offer.

The Cleveland Browns on Saturday announced they plan to release the troubled wide receiver, with General Manager John Dorsey saying in a statement, "unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

Josh Gordon's latest comeback attempt has ended.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen says this decision was the culmination of many factors and that the Browns no longer felt they could trust Gordon.

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The 27-year-old receiver has had a tumultuous career in the National Football League filled with highs and lows. 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.

Gordon was a second-round pick by the Browns in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. In 2014, Gordon was suspended for the whole year, but it was later reduced to 10 games.

Gordon has dealt with multiple drug and alcohol-related suspensions since 2015, and today got the ax after he reported late to practice, complaining of a hamstring injury.

The NFL reinstated Gordon last season after he completed a lengthy rehab program. Per a report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns were anxious Gordon had a relapse in his substance abuse addiction. 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. Later that season, his suspension was reduced and he played in five games.

Many are wondering where Gordon will end up.

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