"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", general manager John Dorsey released in a statement.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon and linebacker Christian Kirksey have both been ruled out with injury for the Week 2 contest. The news of his release was announced Saturday evening, prior to Sunday's matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
Gordon's injury came as a surprise after he practiced all week and was not listed on the team's injury report. Gordon wasn't supposed to start, but he was on the field with the first-team offense due to apparent miscommunication between offensive coordinator Todd Haley and head coach Hue Jackson.
The Browns should have a severely-limited slate of options at receiver without Josh Gordon, so it'll fall to slot specialist and New Orleans native Jarvis Landry to do the most damage.
Gordon played all 16 games as a rookie, but his series of suspensions for violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy began the next season. The 27-year-old was slowed by a hamstring issue after he reported late to training camp while missing three weeks to receive counselling and treatment for alcohol and drug dependence.
Gordon was finally reinstated by the league on November 2017.
He caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the Browns' season-opening 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. He played in the final five games last season and had 18 catches for 335 yards and a touchdown.