Well, did not see this coming. The Cleveland Browns have announced they will release Josh Gordon, the uber-talented, uber-troubled wide receiver.
"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday," general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well."
Gordon had one catch for 17 yards in the season-opening tie against Pittsburgh.
Zac Jackson of The Athletic is reporting that Gordon did not arrive at the facility on time this morning.
UPDATE: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has more information, saying that in addition to showing up late, Gordon was "not himself," which caused fears of substance abuse.
UPDATE II: On Monday afternoon, the Browns traded Josh Gordon to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick. If Gordon does not play 10 games this year, the Patriots will get a seventh-round pick back from Cleveland.