Cleveland Browns announce plans to release WR Josh Gordon on Monday

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Gordon injured his hamstring at a promotional shoot, and the Browns, leery of his past missteps, are reportedly already attempting to find willing trade partners.

It is unclear specifically why the Browns chose to cut ties with Gordon, but his release will bring to an end a saga of off-the-field problems related to Gordon's substance abuse suspensions and addiction.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon interacts with fellow pass catchers during Monday's practice at the Berea training facility.

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", Browns general manager John Dorsey said.

Gordon returned to the team days prior to the preseason finale after spending almost a month tending to those personal matters.

It was announced early Saturday afternoon that Gordon would miss Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome because of a hamstring injury.

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Gordon had a touchdown catch in the Browns' Week 1 tie with Pittsburgh.

The Browns selected Gordon in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

After leading the league in receiving yards and being named an all-pro in 2013, the league suspended him indefinitely during the 2014 season after his fourth violation of the NFL's drug policy.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson had said in mid August that he never lost trust in Gordon.

Despite his past issues, Gordon was welcomed back by the Browns late last season. Per a report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns were anxious Gordon had a relapse in his substance abuse addiction. Later that season, his suspension was reduced and he played in five games.

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