Josh Gordon to be released in stunning move

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Published 8:27 PM EDT Sep 15, 2018

Josh Gordon to be released in stunning move

The Cleveland Browns have informed wide receiver Josh Gordon that they plan to release him on Monday, the team announced Saturday, bringing an end to his turbulent run with the team.

Gordon showed up late to the team's facility on Saturday, and the organization reached the point where many believed they could no longer trust him, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 but missed nearly three full seasons of action from 2015 until last December as he served a suspension for multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.

He missed most of the Browns' training camp to focus on his ongoing recovery.

“This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday," Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported him and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”

Gordon, 27, hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception in last week's tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he was ruled out for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring injury.

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