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Browns to release WR Josh Gordon

Browns to release WR Josh Gordon

Cleveland announced Saturday it plans to release the 27-year-old wide receiver. Even though Gordon had a hamstring injury in the preseason, the injury news seemed odd because the receiver had practiced all week and was not listed on the injury report. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gordon suffered the injury during a promotional shoot. "Unfortunately, we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

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.

Gordon missed the majority of training camp, taking time to make a concerted effort to improve his mental and physical health. Gordon was on the field for 69 snaps (78 percent of the Browns' plays), but had only three passes thrown his way.

The team quickly moved to deactivate him for Sunday's game at the New Orleans Saints, with Rapoport calling the move "unexpected". 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.

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If Gordon's issues don't stem from substance abuse then there undoubtedly will be a number of teams looking to acquire a wideout with his enormous talent.

Despite his past issues, Gordon was welcomed back by the Browns late last season. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning past year.

In those five games, Gordon turned 18 catches into 335 yards and one touchdown.

Many are wondering where Gordon will end up.