Browns Cut Josh Gordon Over Concerns of Substance Abuse

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News of the Browns' intent to part ways with Gordon came out Saturday evening when ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the team's intent to release Gordon on Monday.

Per Mark Kay Cabot, we now have our answer. After that, he didn't return to the gridiron until 2017.

Gordon ended up as the only Browns' receiver to catch a touchdown in Week 1, and he made a spectacular play against the Steelers to tie the game, so his ability to impact a game is still one center stage.

Earlier Saturday, the Browns had downgraded Gordon from questionable to out for the Saints game, with a hamstring injury.

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With his history of substance abuse, Cleveland simply couldn't afford to take any more chances with him. Gordon was ruled out with a hamstring injury and did not travel with the team. Now, though, he'll be looking for a new home. A report emerged from shortly after the Browns' announcement that how he injured the hamstring after being healthy at practice on Friday played a part in the decision to release the receiver.

It's interesting - Gordon missed the start of Browns camp as he continued to receive treatment for issues that kept him out of the National Football League entirely in 2015 and 2016, but he returned before preseason ended and was expected to be one of their top receivers.

We don't know the official word yet, but the Browns clearly reached the end of their rope with Gordon, who is one of the most talented receivers in the National Football League but has struggled with his sobriety and been a thorn in the Browns' side after the team went above and beyond to help him recover.