Cleveland Browns: 4 potential trade partners for Josh Gordon

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Jackson had previously said Gordon would start the game on the bench because he wanted to give other receivers who had been with the team all camp the opportunity.

The Browns flew to New Orleans on Saturday afternoon without Josh Gordon, then announced Saturday evening that they plan to release him.

Additionally, Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports that Gordon showed up late to the facility on Saturday and was described as "not himself", which the Browns believed was a sign of a potential relapse. Even though Gordon had a hamstring injury in the preseason, the injury news seemed odd because the receiver had practiced all week and was not listed on the injury report.

The 27-year-old receiver has had a tumultuous career in the National Football League filled with highs and lows. "We wish Josh well".

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Gordon has dealt with multiple drug and alcohol-related suspensions since 2015, and today got the ax after he reported late to practice, complaining of a hamstring injury.

Earlier Saturday, the Browns had downgraded Gordon from questionable to out for the Saints game, with a hamstring injury. He reunited with the club August 18.

But given Gordon's talent, it's likely that more than one receiver-needy club will be fascinated by the idea of doing what the Browns ultimately could not: tap into his vast well of talent while also steering him clear of his many troubles.

About five hours later, the team released this statement from John Dorsey: "This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday". Josh played week 1 in the tie game against the Steelers, making a single catch for a TD.

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