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Josh Gordon released for showing up late and being 'not himself'

Josh Gordon released for showing up late and being 'not himself'

The stunning news came Saturday night, just hours after the team announced that Gordon would miss Sunday's game in New Orleans with a hamstring injury.

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", Browns general manager John Dorsey said.

Team doctors examined Gordon, and in addition to a hamstring issue, there was concern that perhaps he had relapsed and was struggling with his substance use again.

The Browns shocked the NFL Saturday when they announced they meant to release the brilliant but troubled Gordon amid reports that he injured his hamstring at a promo shoot and was "not himself" when he showed up to team facilities.




Few players were more thrilling than Josh Gordon when he was actually on the field for the Cleveland Browns.

In July, Dorsey said the Browns remained "100 percent committed" to Gordon if he remained committed to the organization after announcing he would not be present in Berea for the start of training camp because of off-the-field issues. He led the league with 1,646 receiving yards on 87 receptions in 2013, his second year as a pro, but then played just 10 games over the next four seasons while serving multiple suspensions resulting from violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The NFL reinstated Gordon last season after he completed a lengthy rehab program. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Browns are "far more likely" to trade Gordon rather than release him. 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. He went on to play five games that season, recording 18 catches for 335 yards.


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