Cleveland Browns release WR Josh Gordon

Gordon, Kirksey and DeValve out for Browns vs. Saints

He had been ruled out for their Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints due to a hamstring injury.

This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday.

Gordon was late when he showed up at team headquarters Saturday morning and complained about a hamstring issue, a person familiar with the situation confirmed.

The Browns announced their plans to release 27-year-old wide receiver and NFL Pro Bowler Gordon on Saturday. Jackson had previously said Gordon would start the game on the bench because he wanted to give other receivers who had been with the team all camp the opportunity.

After the Browns arrived in New Orleans, the team's brass gathered and decided it couldn't trust Gordon and should move on. A report emerged from NFL.com shortly after the Browns' announcement that how he injured the hamstring after being healthy at practice on Friday played a part in the decision to release the receiver.

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Either way, Gordon's run as the longest-tenured member of the Browns will end.

Josh Gordon's season is already off course.

Kirksey, who had been listed as questionable, will miss his first game after playing in 65 straight since being drafted third round in 2014. He went on to play just five games over the next three years due to various suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Gordon caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Steelers.

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