NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Browns are finally parting ways with troubled receiver Josh Gordon after he showed up late to the facility on Saturday morning and was ‘not himself,’ league sources told cleveland.com.
They’re releasing him on Monday and finally closing the book on the long saga of substance abuse, suspensions, second chances and redemption.
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.
He was told to stay home from the team’s trip to New Orleans for tomorrow’s game against the Saints, and one source said he was mad at himself for letting the team down.
“This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday,” Browns GM John Dorsey said in a statement. “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.”
Gordon just rejoined the team on Aug. 18 after spending an extended period of time in treatment at the University of Florida. The Browns welcomed him back with open arms, but reached the end of their rope with what happened on Saturday.
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