Browns to release Josh Gordon

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After previously announcing wide receiver Josh Gordon was dealing with a hamstring injury, the team announced they had released the 27-year-old wideout shortly after.

General manager John Dorsey issued the following statement in regards to the move.

Gordon was late to the facility today, Rapoport reported.

In July, Dorsey said the Browns remained "100 percent committed" to Gordon if he remained committed to the organization after announcing he would not be present in Berea for the start of training camp because of off-the-field issues.

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Gordon reportedly had told the team his hamstring was bothering him.

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. Gordon was on the field for 69 snaps (78 percent of the Browns' plays), but had only three passes thrown his way.

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Gordon had a touchdown catch in the Browns' Week 1 tie with Pittsburgh.

Gordon was a second-round pick by the Browns in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.

This franchise has been beyond forgiving to Gordon throughout the years and it appeared they would finally be repaid for that loyalty this season.

Cleveland stood by Gordon through multiple suspensions, including two full seasons he missed due to multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson had said in mid August that he never lost trust in Gordon.

The NFL reinstated Gordon last season after he completed a lengthy rehab program.

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