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

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during warmups before the game at First Energy Stadium

Team doctors evaluated Gordon's injury Saturday and were concerned that he was battling substance abuse issues, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

The Cleveland Browns announced they will be releasing Josh Gordon Monday, but the future release date may have been a play to entice teams into trading for the receiver.

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The Browns will face the Saints in Week 2 action Sunday. Schefter later tweeted that league sources think the Browns will attempt to trade Gordon prior to Monday. "We wish Josh well". Gordon has been given multiple shots to stay clean and make a difference for this team.

It's interesting - Gordon missed the start of Browns camp as he continued to receive treatment for issues that kept him out of the National Football League entirely in 2015 and 2016, but he returned before preseason ended and was expected to be one of their top receivers. He reunited with the club August 18.

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

It is not yet clear what the breaking point was, but general manager John Dorsey says the organization has "reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

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Gordon, who returned in December from a three-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, was expected to play a key role on a new-look Browns offense this fall. After a superb 2013 season in which Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games, the talented pass-catcher couldn't stay on the field.

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