Cleveland Browns to cut ties with wide receiver Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during warmups before the game at First Energy Stadium

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during warmups before the game at First Energy Stadium

There's all kinds of speculation surrounding the Browns' decision to part ways with Gordon.

The Browns will release troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Though Gordon is set to be released Monday, there still is a possibility the Browns will be able to trade him. "Unfortunately, we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward". The move came after Gordon did not report to the Browns' facility on time earlier in the day, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites an unidentified league source. "We wish Josh well".

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that lack of trust was the main factor. 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.

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The news comes as the Browns prepare for Sunday's game against the Saints in New Orleans. 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. Team doctors evaluated Gordon's injury Saturday and were concerned that he was battling substance abuse issues, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

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.

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.

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