Browns to release Josh Gordon on Monday

News comes hours after Gordon was ruled out with a hamstring injury Sunday

Daryl Ruiter
September 15, 2018 - 7:46 pm
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) makes a catch during warmups before the game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – In a stunning series of developments Saturday, Josh Gordon went from being ruled out of Sunday’s game in New Orleans because of a hamstring injury to being set for release on Monday.

General manager John Dorsey made the announcement Saturday evening that the final straw for Gordon had been drawn and the franchise was done relying on the league's most unreliable player.

“This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday,” Dorsey said. “For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”

The Browns could still try and trade Gordon by Monday, but his days as a Brown are over.

It is unclear specifically why the Browns decided to cut ties with Gordon, but his release will end a saga of off-the-field problems related to Gordon’s substance abuse suspensions and addiction.

For 7 years, regime after regime stood by Gordon in the hopes that his Hall of Fame talent would pay big dividends for a franchise desperate for star power but what took place Saturday was the final straw for Dorsey.

What we do know is that Gordon reported the hamstring injury Saturday when he arrived to the team’s Berea facility a source said.

Another source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan NFL Network's report that Gordon was tardy Saturday morning and he was subsequently left behind and not on the team flight to New Orleans.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of, Gordon “didn’t seem like himself” and “there was concern that perhaps he had relapsed and was struggling with his substance use again,” following an evaluation of him by team doctors. 

The team is not commenting about the situation beyond the statement from Dorsey, but a source did say that Gordon’s situation was related to a “personal” issue, but declined to elaborate further on the matter.  

Gordon practice all week without issue and Friday night, Gordon was spotted at a local high school football game wearing his orange Browns jersey on the sidelines.

Gordon informed the Browns on July 23 that he would not report for training camp on time to receive additional treatment and he reported on Aug. 18. After being cleared by the NFL and his medical advisor to return to practice and games on Aug. 25, Gordon suffered a hamstring injury delaying his return.

Last week against Pittsburgh, Gordon caught the tying touchdown – a 17-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor with just under 2 minutes remaining. He played 69 snaps and was targeted 3 times in the 21-all tie.

Last November, Gordon was conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and he played in the final 5 games of the season that saw him catch 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown following a ban that lasted nearly 2.5 years.

The Browns selected Gordon in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft and he led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2013 despite playing in 14 games but he’s served 56 games of suspensions while playing in just 42 games for Cleveland.