Team doctors examined Gordon, and in addition to a hamstring issue, there was concern that perhaps he had relapsed and was struggling with his substance use again.
Cleveland stood by Gordon through multiple suspensions, including two full seasons he missed due to multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
"For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally, and wanted the best for him", Dorsey said in the statement, "but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward". Gordon stepped away from the team this preseason to undergo counseling and treatment as part of his recovery.More news: US imposes North Korea-related sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms
Things did get bumpy though once the Browns went to training camp.
A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon, 27, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 games with the Browns. Josh played week 1 in the tie game against the Steelers, making a single catch for a TD. Schefter later tweeted that league sources think the Browns will attempt to trade Gordon prior to Monday.
This franchise has been beyond forgiving to Gordon throughout the years and it appeared they would finally be repaid for that loyalty this season. With Gordon gone, the team will rely heavily on Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway to work alongside Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku.