The Cleveland Browns intend to part ways with suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Gordon, who currently is serving a four-game suspension and has committed multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, announced Thursday that he is entering a rehabilitation facility, citing a need to “gain full control of my life.”
Browns’ Gordon to enter rehab; return on hold
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is entering rehab. He had been serving a four-game suspension to start the year but was eligible to return next week.
Browns coach Hue Jackson said earlier Friday that the team has “moved on” from Gordon. The source acknowledged that the Browns ultimately do plan to cut ties with Gordon, but noted that Jackson’s comment was not meant to reflect the team’s plans.
According to the source, Jackson was trying to steer conversation at his news conference away from Gordon and toward the Browns’ upcoming game Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
“Today is really the last JG comment I want to make about that,” Jackson said. “I think what’s best for our football team is we move forward and we move on. He’s not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we’ll move forward. We’ll move on.”
Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season but was reinstated conditionally on July 25 by commissioner Roger Goodell, though he also was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.
He was eligible to return next week, ahead of Cleveland’s Week 5 matchup against the New England Patriots.