Josh Gordon released for showing up late and being 'not himself'

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When Gordon did return, he suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice until the Wednesday before the regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Browns shocked the NFL Saturday when they announced they meant to release the brilliant but troubled Gordon amid reports that he injured his hamstring at a promo shoot and was "not himself" when he showed up to team facilities.

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", Browns general manager John Dorsey said.

Gordon returned to the team days prior to the preseason finale after spending almost a month tending to those personal matters.

Josh Gordon's tenure with the Cleveland Browns will likely go down as one of the most riveting, mercurial and ultimately tragic sagas in the city's colorful sports history, but that doesn't mean the wide receiver hasn't seen his last National Football League snap.

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The Browns announced in mid August that Gordon finally had reported.

There's also a report from cleveland.com indicating that Gordon was "not himself" when he showed up late to the team's Berea, Ohio facility on Saturday for treatment and there is suspicion that he might have slipped back into substance abuse, which has led to Gordon being suspended for 56 of a possible 97 games in his Browns career.

The stunning news came just hours after the Browns said Gordon would miss Sunday's game in New Orleans with a hamstring injury.

After leading the league in receiving yards and being named an all-pro in 2013, the league suspended him indefinitely during the 2014 season after his fourth violation of the NFL's drug policy. Through six seasons, Gordon appeared in 41 games, hauling in 130 catches for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Josh Gordon will soon be a free agent.

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