Social media reacts to Cleveland Browns' decision to release WR Josh Gordon

Heather Diaz
September 16, 2018

Others were perplexed, wondering why the Browns would cut Gordon now after sticking with him for so many years.

The Browns announced on Saturday that they will part ways with receiver Josh Gordon following the team's Week 2 game against the Saints. Although he was still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered shortly after he reported for camp, Gordon surprisingly took 69 snaps (78% of Cleveland's offensive plays) last Sunday in the 21-21 tie against Pittsburgh.

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.

"For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him", Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. Gordon was ruled out with a hamstring injury and did not travel with the team. "We wish Josh well".

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Gordon had just rejoined the team on August 18.

Earlier Saturday, Gordon complained of a hamstring issue upon reporting to the Browns' facility, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Per a report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns were anxious Gordon had a relapse in his substance abuse addiction.

There's all kinds of speculation surrounding the Browns' decision to part ways with Gordon.

Selected in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft, Gordon exploded onto the scene during his second year, recording 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2013 season.

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