Browns to release WR Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon's very strange 6 years with the Cleveland Browns have gone up in smoke... the team just decided to release him

Josh Gordon's very strange 6 years with the Cleveland Browns have gone up in smoke... the team just decided to release him

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.

Gordon's vast talent has been overshadowed by substance abuse that has derailed a promising career. Through six seasons, Gordon appeared in 41 games, hauling in 130 catches for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The team quickly moved to deactivate him for Sunday's game at the New Orleans Saints, with Rapoport calling the move "unexpected". I wish all of you nothing but the best.

Gordon, who returned in December from a three-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, was expected to play a key role on a new-look Browns offense this fall.

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It is unclear what the release means for Gordon's playing future.

Twitter erupted after Gordon's shocking release with fans and reporters weighing in on the transaction that came out of nowhere.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gordon hurt his hamstring at a promotional shoot, not at practice, per a source. If he is cut by the Browns, he will become a free agent. He scored last week for Cleveland in its season-opening tie against the Steelers. Gordon wasn't supposed to start, but he was on the field with the first-team offense due to apparent miscommunication between offensive coordinator Todd Haley and head coach Hue Jackson.

He sat out the first 11 games past year before returning for Cleveland's final five games. 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 informed the Browns on the eve of training camp in late July that he could not report, because he needed time to sort through some personal issues, which apparently did not, for once, include some manner of drug abuse.

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