Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Josh Gordon let go by Cleveland Browns following substance abuse problems

Josh Gordon let go by Cleveland Browns following substance abuse problems

Josh Gordon officially said goodbye to Cleveland on Saturday not long after the Browns announced their plans to release him. He has been suspended multiple times for violating the league's substance abuse policy, missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning previous year.

John Dorsey announced in a statement that the club on Saturday afternoon informed the super talented but oft-suspended pass-catcher that he'll be released on Monday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Browns are "far more likely" to trade Gordon rather than release him. This place will always feel like home to me.

Earlier Saturday, Gordon complained of a hamstring issue upon reporting to the Browns' facility, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

First: Does Gordon's departure open the door again in Cleveland for free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant after the two sides showed some interest in one another in recent weeks?

The team had stuck with Gordon, 27, through all his personal troubles over a period of six years but will part ways with him on Monday officially.

Gordon was expected to have an expanded role Sunday against the Saints after being targeted only three times in a tie against Pittsburgh.

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Gordon caught the game-tying touchdown for the Browns in last week's game against the Steelers.

Jackson refused to elaborate on the situation this week, saying he and the coaching staff wanted to "move on".

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

The Browns selected Gordon in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

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

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