Cleveland Browns to release Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns

Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns's Mary Kay Cabot reported that Gordon was "not himself" when he showed up to the Browns' facility Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, the Browns had downgraded Gordon from questionable to out for the Saints game, with a hamstring injury. I wish all of you nothing but the best.

If the Browns release Gordon on Monday as stated, he'd become a free agent and wouldn't require to clear waivers. Not so, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, who said the impending release of the star wideout has nothing to do with any substance abuse related issues, and really is just about an injured hamstring and habitual tardiness that led the team to feel it could no longer trust him.

Once that happens, Gordon will leave behind a very complicated legacy in Cleveland. The event was not sponsored by the team but was for a line of products, possibly clothing, that the receiver was endorsing, the source said.

Gordon missed most of training camp on a leave of absence to focus on his ongoing recovery with addiction.

Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. Jackson blamed Gordon's appearance on the first play to a "mistake" and "miscommunication". He was also out for 2015 and 2016, before returning midway through last season.

He sat out the first 11 games a year ago before returning for Cleveland's final five games.

Selected in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft, Gordon exploded onto the scene during his second year, recording 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2013 season.

Others were perplexed, wondering why the Browns would cut Gordon now after sticking with him for so many years. He was away from the team for nearly the first full month of training camp and did not begin practicing until last week.

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