The Cleveland Browns might be done with Josh Gordon but they don’t have to worry about his status, at least for now.
Gordon, who was scheduled to be reinstated Monday, remains on the league’s reserve/suspended by the commissioner list until further notice. NFL clubs were notified on Monday of Gordon’s status but it is unclear how long Gordon will remain suspended.
Gordon announced through the Browns Thursday evening that he was checking into a rehab facility to receive treatment for an unspecified addiction.
Gordon has been suspended for 31 of the Browns’ last 35 games and for 32 games overall since the Browns selected him in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft due to multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy and 1 game at the end of the 2014 season for violating team rules.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Friday that the team intended to “move on” from Gordon and reiterated Monday afternoon that problems off the field will not be tolerated.
“We are laying the right foundation here,” Jackson said. “It is important to do it the right way. We have a standard that we want to hold our players to, our organization to – coaches, players, everybody.”
Monday morning outside linebacker Armonty Bryant was waived by the Browns after he was reinstated from his 4-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy earlier this year. Bryant also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge stemming from an arrest last Christmas morning and he faces additional discipline under terms of the league’s personal conduct policy.
“We have an expectation, and that is the direction we’re going in,” Jackson said. “It is not just directed at Armonty or anybody. I just think that is the way Sashi [Brown], myself, Jimmy and Dee [Haslam] see this as we move forward. That is the way we are going to conduct it.”
Because Gordon remains on the reserve/suspended list, the team does not have to make any corresponding roster moves.