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Cleveland Browns plan to release Josh Gordon

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Yesterday, wide receiver Josh Gordon announced to the world that he would be admitting himself into an in-patient rehabilitation facility, putting his return to the field on hold for the time being.

He decided to do this rather than play because he hopes it will allow him to gain full control of his life and keep him on the path towards reaching his full potential. The majority of people, including the Browns, have supported Gordon's decision and they hope he comes back to the game.

However, according to reports, when he does decide to come back, he won't be lining up for Cleveland.


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Reports by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns plan to release the wide receiver at some point, most likely as soon as possible as his contract with the team expires this season.

This comes after Cleveland's head coach Hue Jackson said according to that the team was looking ahead without Gordon, citing: "We wish him well. We need to close that chapter right now. We're moving on."

Due to suspensions, Gordon hasn't played a regular season snap since December 2014, but he was due to return when the Browns played the New England Patriots in a week's time. Yesterday's news that he was going to rehab though confirmed this wouldn't be the case.

With his past suspensions and now deciding he wants to go to rehab, you can see why Cleveland is planning on releasing the wide receiver, but he is a talent that will be missed. He was the NFL receiving yards leader in 2013, the season which also earned him a Pro Bowl selection.

NFL teams know he has the talent, so there will be interest in his services if he decides to come back to the game after rehab. The question is whether or not he will be able to stay in full control of his life to keep him on the path towards reaching his full potential with the new franchise he joins.

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