On Saturday, team doctors examined Gordon and seemed to confirm he had a tweaked hamstring, but there also was concern that perhaps he was struggling again with his sobriety or on the verge of relapsing, sources told the website. Even with Gordon's multiple suspensions and missed time rendering him a third-year veteran, he has accrued enough National Football League service to be a free agent then.
Taken in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, Josh Gordon has been a lightning rod for the Cleveland Browns both on and off the field. He remained away from the facility after receiving treatment in Florida but was cleared for the Week 1 game against the Steelers in which he played 70 snaps and caught a touchdown.
Josh Gordon's tenure with the Cleveland Browns will likely go down as one of the most riveting, mercurial and ultimately tragic sagas in the city's colorful sports history, but that doesn't mean the wide receiver hasn't seen his last National Football League snap.
The team had stuck with Gordon, 27, through all his personal troubles over a period of six years but will part ways with him on Monday officially.
The stunning news came just hours after the Browns said Gordon would miss Sunday's game in New Orleans with a hamstring injury.
This franchise has been beyond forgiving to Gordon throughout the years and it appeared they would finally be repaid for that loyalty this season.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon looks on at a drill during the final day of training camp in Berea Tuesday. He went on to play five games that season, recording 18 catches for 335 yards.
Schefter reports that Gordon hurt his hamstring at a promotional shoot, not a team practice.
Many are wondering where Gordon will end up.