Why the Browns made a decision to release Josh Gordon

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

In a shocker announcement released Saturday night, the Cleveland Browns said they are parting ways with serially troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon.

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. Gordon has been given multiple shots to stay clean and make a difference for this team. "We wish Josh well".

The team quickly moved to deactivate him for Sunday's game at the New Orleans Saints, with Rapoport calling the move "unexpected".

The 27-year-old missed training camp to undergo counseling and treatment. The Browns wideout was then suspended for the entire 2015 season for again violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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Gordon had just rejoined the team on August 18. Schefter later tweeted that league sources think the Browns will attempt to trade Gordon prior to Monday.

Details are slowly starting to emerge surrounding the Cleveland Browns' shocking decision to move on from Josh Gordon.

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".

Gordon ended up as the only Browns' receiver to catch a touchdown in Week 1, and he made a spectacular play against the Steelers to tie the game, so his ability to impact a game is still one center stage.