Browns finally decide to cut ties with Josh Gordon

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Gordon was late coming into training camp as he took care of personal matters, the team never announced why Gordon did not report to camp on time.

After not listing him on the injury report all week, the Browns announced Saturday afternoon that Gordon would be out for Sunday's game against the Saints due to a hamstring issue and would not be on the trip.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported shortly after Cleveland's announcement that Gordon was fine at Friday's practice, and his release was over a matter of trust.

We don't know the official word yet, but the Browns clearly reached the end of their rope with Gordon, who is one of the most talented receivers in the National Football League but has struggled with his sobriety and been a thorn in the Browns' side after the team went above and beyond to help him recover.

The Browns intend to release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday, the team announced Saturday.

"Unfortunately, we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

For as much talent as Gordon has, this also has as much to do about the future of the Browns as it does Gordon. 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.

The Browns selected Gordon in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

It is unclear specifically why the Browns made a decision to cut ties with Gordon, but his release will bring to an end a saga of off-the-field problems related to Gordon's substance abuse suspensions and addiction. Gordon was ruled out with a hamstring injury and did not travel with the team.

Josh Gordon will soon be a free agent. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning past year.