Although he was still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered shortly after he reported for camp, Gordon surprisingly took 69 snaps (78% of Cleveland's offensive plays) last Sunday in the 21-21 tie against Pittsburgh.
The Browns shocked the NFL Saturday when they announced they meant to release the brilliant but troubled Gordon amid reports that he injured his hamstring at a promo shoot and was "not himself" when he showed up to team facilities.
Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement that the team has informed Gordon's representatives that he will be released Monday.
Few players were more thrilling than Josh Gordon when he was actually on the field for the Cleveland Browns. Gordon stepped away from the team this preseason to undergo counseling and treatment as part of his recovery.
This franchise has been beyond forgiving to Gordon throughout the years and it appeared they would finally be repaid for that loyalty this season.
A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon, 27, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 games with the Browns.
Despite his past issues, Gordon was welcomed back by the Browns late last season.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson had said in mid August that he never lost trust in Gordon.
A trade could happen before Gordon is released.
In those five games, Gordon turned 18 catches into 335 yards and one touchdown.