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Browns were reportedly worried about Josh Gordon's sobriety

Rob Bradford
September 23, 2018 - 9:17 am

According to Mary Kay Cabot of, the Browns did not move on from Josh Gordon because of a photo shoot-induced hamstring issue.

They weren't convinced the wide receiver had remained on the straight and narrow.

Cabot writes in her Sunday piece ...

"No,  it wasn't the hamstring. Yes, Gordon did come in on Saturday and tell the Browns that he tweaked his hamstring while filming a promotional video on Friday night at the Browns' facility. But no, that's not the reason they severed ties with him.

"Granted, they weren't happy about the hamstring and how that all went down, but the final straw was Gordon showing up at the facility about 10 minutes late Saturday and "not himself.''

 "Some felt that he had slipped in his recovery program, after just returning Aug. 18 from another stint in treatment at the University of Florida. 

"On Friday night, he attended the dedication of the Lorain Titans' football field, donated by the Browns. The club then gave him permission to film the video inside their fieldhouse, believing that having him there was better than him being out somewhere on a Friday night. But they didn't know he'd be shooting until almost midnight, and that he'd be running 40s. They believed it was a fashion shoot to promote his clothing line.  

"Still, the video and the hamstring weren't the reason the Browns cut ties. They believed he was still struggling to stay sober, and they felt they had done all they could."

Cabot goes on to write that Gordon is subject to random testing up to 10 times a month.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gordon remains a game-time decision when it comes his participating in the Patriots' Sunday night game against the Lions.