Cleveland Browns: Patience with Josh Gordon runs out

Browns announce they are releasing Josh Gordon on Monday

Gordon has been suspended for a total of 56 games in his seven NFL seasons, 55 of which were league bans for positive drug and alcohol tests.

General manager John Dorsey issued the following statement in regards to the move. Gordon stepped away from the team this preseason to undergo counseling and treatment as part of his recovery.

In a shocker announcement released Saturday night, the Cleveland Browns said they are parting ways with serially troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Despite Gordon's breathtaking amount of red flags and off-field issues, there should be plenty of receiver-needy teams eager take him up on his postscript offer.

We wish the best for Josh Gordon moving forward after this sudden news.

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.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gordon hurt his hamstring at a promotional shoot, not at practice, per a source.

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.

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". He reunited with the club August 18.

A second-round pick of the Browns in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon turned 180 catches into 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns. Josh played week 1 in the tie game against the Steelers, making a single catch for a TD.

Josh Gordon will soon be a free agent.

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