Wow. Josh Gordon’s time in Cleveland is over.
Saturday night, Browns GM John Dorsey made the stunning announcement that the organization will released Gordon on Monday:
Browns to release WR Josh Gordon— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 15, 2018
Statement from GM John Dorsey: pic.twitter.com/bQmWraH8Nr
We all know about the chance after chance that this organization has given Gordon. He returned last week and caught the game-tying touchdown pass at the end of regulation, his only catch of the game. Saturday morning, he was mysteriously ruled “out” for this week’s game against the Saints due to a “hamstring” injury. Was that even true? Who knows, now — I’m sure we’ll know more soon.
If Gordon isn’t in trouble, one would assume that a few teams will call Cleveland to offer conditional draft compensation for him.
I don’t know what to think. One second, I’m thinking about a whole glorious season of Jarvis Landry and Gordon, and the next...it’s just, over. So much talent, and I thought finally, after years of waiting, it was going to pay off. What an empty feeling to have.
Is Dez Bryant still answering his phone?
UPDATE: Although vague, here is what Ian Rapoport and Jay Glazer are saying on the matter:
On Josh Gordon: He was late today to the facility, source said. In addition, he was fine at Friday’s practice, then injured his hamstring. The question of how is part of the reason they released him. My understanding is it’s an overall trust issue for a player on thin ice.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2018
Josh Gordon has sooooo much talent and so many demons. I will always pull for those who battle addiction. Always— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 15, 2018
UPDATE 2: More information has been released by Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. A source told her the following:
- Gordon showed up late to Berea Saturday morning and was “not himself.”
- Doctors examined Gordon, and besides his hamstring injury, “there was concern that perhaps he had relapsed and was struggling with his substance use again.”
- Gordon was told to “stay home” for Sunday’s game, and Gordon was “mad at himself for letting the team down.”