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Browns to release WR Josh Gordon

16 September 2018

On Saturday afternoon, the Browns ruled out Gordon, starting linebacker Christian Kirksey (shoulder/ankle) and backup tight end Seth DeValve (hamstring) for Sunday's game. Gordon will miss the Browns' trip to New Orleans with a hamstring injury. Furthermore, the Browns don't believe Gordon hurt his hamstring during practice, and ESPN's Adam Schefter cited an unnamed source who said the injury was suffered during a promotional shoot.

The Browns should have a severely-limited slate of options at receiver without Josh Gordon, so it'll fall to slot specialist and New Orleans native Jarvis Landry to do the most damage.

Josh Gordon is no longer a member of the Cleveland Browns after he was released by the National Football League franchise.

Kirksey, who had been listed as questionable, will miss his first game after playing in 65 straight since being drafted third round in 2014.

Gordon played all 16 games as a rookie, but his series of suspensions for violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy began the next season.

Gordon played 78 percent of the team's offensive snaps in the opening-week tie against the Steelers, even drawing an unexpected start that coach Hue Jackson called a "mistake" due to miscommunication with his offensive coordinator.

"The 6'3" wideout hauled in one reception on Sunday, a 17-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Factoring the off-the-field concerns into what was possibly going to be a diminished product due to the time away from the field and an inability to remain healthy undoubtedly played a part in the decision.

Browns to release WR Josh Gordon