SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
1 month ago

With Gordon (suspension) having been released from an inpatient treatment facility, the wideout is a candidate to be dealt in advance of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The report notes, however, that Gordon remains subject to the reinstatement process outlined by the NFL's substance abuse policy, so it remains unclear if/when he might be deemed eligible by the league to play again. In any case, it seems clear that the 25-year-old wideout is not part of the Browns' plans.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
2 months ago13 Comments

Gordon will likely be released by the Browns, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As hinted by head coach Hue Jackson, the team no longer has any plans for Gordon, who will enter an in-patient rehab facility instead of returning from his suspension in Week 5. It's unclear how long Gordon will stay in the facility and when/if he plans to play again this season, but he should eventually draw interest around the league, unless he failed a drug test -- in which case he'd likely be suspended yet again.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
2 months ago

Coach Hue Jackson indicated Friday that the Browns organization is prepared to move on without Gordon, at least for now, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "I think what's best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,'' Jackson noted in reference to Gordon, who has elected to enter an in-patient rehab facility rather than return to action once his NFL-mandated suspension is set to elapse after Week 4. "He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we're moving forward. We're going to move on."

EDGE Analysis

While the team has not closed the door completely on the wideout potentially resuming his career with the Browns down the road, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal puts forth the plausible notion that the talented but often-suspended Gordon "isn't expected to play for the Browns ever again." Terrelle Pryor and Andrew Hawkins are currently listed as the team's starting wideouts, with Corey Coleman sidelined by a hand injury, with Pryor -- who had a breakout game in Week 3 -- now in line to continue to serve as the team's top option at the position, at least until Coleman returns.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
2 months ago

Gordon, who remains suspended by the NFL through Week 4 for violations of the league's substance abuse policies, released a statement Thursday relaying his decision to "enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," ESPN.com reports. "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," Gordon said in the statement.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown noted in a statement of his own, that Gordon's "singular focus must be on his own health. We want nothing more than for Josh to be successful personally and professionally and will not comment on his status with the organization at this time." The wideout's return to the playing field is thus on hold, with no timetable outlined for when he might rejoin the Browns. Heading in Week 4, Terrelle Pryor and Andrew Hawkins are listed as the team's starting wideouts, with Corey Coleman sidelined by a hand injury. Gordon's continued absence, coupled with Coleman's injury, extends the window in which Pryor profiles as the team's top option at the position.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
3 months ago

Gordon (suspension) nabbed three of his six targets for 29 yards during Thursday's preseason game versus the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon, who looked liked his former self throughout the preseason, will have to wait until Week 5 against New England before he's allowed back on the field. He worked with the second team Thursday in order to get some final reps in before his suspension kicks in on Saturday. If he can keep up his rapport with Robert Griffin when he gets back, he'll be a welcome addition to a receiving corp that's already flush with talent.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
3 months ago

Gordon (suspension) caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown (two targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal, Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman (hamstring) technically got the start, with Gordon then replacing the rookie for the second offensive snap. All three wideouts, along with Andrew Hawkins, ended up getting plenty of first-team work, but it was Gordon who clearly left the best impression. The 25-year-old snuck behind Brent Grimes on a double move to pick up 44 yards on the opening drive, then later outleapt Grimes for a 43-yard touchdown shortly before halftime. Gordon's lack of involvement in the time between might normally seem a bit concerning, but the Cleveland offense simply couldn't get anything going, with Robert Griffin ultimately taking five sacks on 19 dropbacks. Whatever issues the Browns offense might still need to work out, Gordon's first on-field appearance since 2014 left little doubt that his elite athleticism is in tact. He should emerge as Griffin's favorite target upon completion of his four-game suspension, though it is possible the Browns quarterback will develop chemistry with Coleman, Pryor and TE Gary Barnidge in the meantime.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
3 months ago

Gordon (quad) will play Friday against the Buccaneers, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

After missing all of the 2015 season due to suspension and the first two games of the preseason due to a quad injury, Gordon will be making his first on-field appearance since December of 2014 on Friday. Both he and rookie Corey Coleman will play, meaning that Friday marks the first time Cleveland will be rolling out its projected starting receiving corps along with Terrelle Pryor.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
3 months ago

Gordon (suspension) is expected to make his preseason debut Friday against the Buccaneers, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

As is first-round draft pick Corey Coleman, which will give fantasy observers a preview of what should emerge as the Browns' top wideout duo, upon the competition of Gordon's four-game suspension to start the season. While it's best not overreact to a player's efforts in a single preseason game, this will be the first chance to see Gordon in game action since December of 2014, thus adding a layer of intrigue to how he shows on Friday. As long as things continue to move forward in a positive direction for Gordon, he is a candidate to regain fantasy relevance as the 2016 campaign rolls along, though after his extended absence, and while working with a new QB (Robert Griffin), question marks do accompany his obvious upside/potential.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
4 months ago

Though a number of teams have reportedly inquired about trading for Gordon (suspension), the Browns aren't interested in dealing the wideout, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon, who the report points out has been suspended for 27 of his last 32 games, has looked good in practice of late and on is track to make his preseason debut Friday against the Bucs. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old has been getting first-team reps in practice and it's not hard to imagine Gordon stepping into a regular season starting role as soon as Week 5, when he is eligible to return from his four-game suspension.

SUSJosh Gordon
WR CLE (13)
4 months ago

Gordon (quad/suspension) worked with the Browns' first-team offense during portions of Sunday's practice session, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gordon remains suspended for Cleveland's first four games of this season, but coach Hue Jackson wants to ensure he's ready to roll with the starters once available. Since Gordon won't be able to practice during his suspension, his involvement with the first-team offense during the preseason is one way Jackson intends to prepare him for his eventual return. Although a quadriceps injury has hindered Gordon somewhat lately, Jackson hopes he'll be healthy enough to play in Thursday's exhibition contest against the Buccaneers.