Josh Gordon's season is already off course.
Gordon's injury came as a surprise after he practiced all week and was not listed on the team's injury report. The team's medical staff examined Gordon and determined he shouldn't face Saints, but there was also a sense within the organization Gordon could be struggling again with his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. He went on to play just five games over the next three years due to various suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
A.J. Green's trio of touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals
Hope did arrive, on the backs of an improved Flacco and a resilient but depleted defense, both sparking a Ravens rally. In Mosley's absence, the Bengals attacked the middle of the field, and the Ravens can expect more of that.
Although the Browns never provided an official reason behind Gordon's release, it was reported by The Athletic's Zac Jackson that Gordon was late to the team facility Saturday morning. Cleveland won't be in unfamiliar territory with Gordon on the sideline, though, as the 2012 Pro Bowler has missed 38 games since 2014.
Gordon missed the majority of training camp, taking time to make a concerted effort to improve his mental and physical health. The jointure has seen more downs (Gordon being suspended for the 2015-2016 seasons) than ups (that magical 2013 that saw Gordon catch 87 passes and 1,646 yards.), but hope sprang eternal for Cleveland fans all around. Factoring the off-the-field concerns into what was possibly going to be a diminished product due to the time away from the field and an inability to remain healthy undoubtedly played a part in the decision. Jackson blamed Gordon's appearance on the first played a "mistake" and "miscommunication".