Josh Gordon reportedly showed up to Berea on Saturday complaining of hamstring soreness, and the Cleveland Browns decided to make him inactive for their Week 2 contest in New Orleans, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Browns WR Josh Gordon came into the facility today and complained about his hamstring. Team medical staff checked him out and ruled him out for Sunday, I’m told. Unexpected.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2018
The Browns surprisingly announced on Saturday that Gordon, as well as tight end Seth DeValve—neither were on the injury report at all throughout the week—would miss this week’s game with hamstring injuries.
Remember, Gordon had hamstring soreness following a conditioning test before the NFL permitted him to return to practice. He missed the final preseason game against Detroit, and then was listed on the team’s Week 1 injury report with a hamstring injury. It didn’t seem to bother him against Pittsburgh, and he practiced all week in preparation for the Saints without landing on the report.
Linebacker Chris Kirksey was also declared out, however he had been limited in practice all week and was questionable to play until the announcement.
That leaves the Browns without three key starters heading into a Week 2 matchup in which they’re going to face a good New Orleans Saints team coming off a shocking Week 1 loss. Starting defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was less surprisingly ruled out earlier in the week due to his ankle injury.
This will be the first missed game of Kirksey’s five-year career. He started all 16 games over the past two seasons and played 73 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in Week 1.