"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", Browns general manager John Dorsey said. "Unfortunately, we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".
Dorsey did not provide a reason for what triggered the move.
He had been ruled out for their Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints due to a hamstring injury. The Browns wideout was then suspended for the entire 2015 season for again violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Two thoughts related to the Dallas Cowboys come to mind in relation to the 2013 All-Pro receiver.
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Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California.
Substantial trouble of some kind returned to Gordon's life earlier this summer. He was away from the team for nearly the first full month of training camp and did not begin practicing until last week.
It's unclear if there was a major incident that led to the Browns decision to release Gordon, but reports are coming in that he showed up late to the team facility Saturday and was "not himself". They activated him, albeit on the non-football-injury list.
Gordon's recently injured hamstring also is an issue, as ESPN's Jordan Zirm reported the receiver injured the hamstring during a promotional shoot Friday night.
If the Browns release Gordon on Monday as stated, he'd become a free agent and wouldn't require to clear waivers.