CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon will end his troubled season just as it began — suspended.
The Browns' enigmatic wide receiver was suspended Saturday for violating a team rule and will miss the finale in Baltimore. Gordon, who led the NFL in yards receiving last season, served a 10-game suspension for repeated drug violations earlier this year. It was not immediately known what Gordon did to warrant the suspension from the club.
Gordon was late getting onto the practice field Friday, and he emerged from the team's facility for the outdoor workout wearing teammate Travis Benjamin's jersey. The Browns traveled to Maryland on Saturday.
Gordon amassed 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended for the first two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Since returning from his league ban this year, Gordon had caught 24 passes for 303 yards. But he also ran the wrong pass routes for former starter Brian Hoyer, who was benched in favor of rookie Johnny Manziel.
The Browns (7-8) have lost four straight and will start rookie quarterback Connor Shaw on Sunday against the Ravens, who can still earn a playoff spot. Shaw was elevated from the practice squad Saturday. He will be Cleveland's 22nd starting quarterback since 1999.
When he returned from his suspension earlier this season, the 23-year-old Gordon talked about wanting to make things up to the teammates who stood by him. He caught eight passes for 120 yards on Nov. 23 in his first game back against Atlanta and followed that up with seven catches for 75 yards in a loss at Buffalo.
But Gordon, whose drug suspensions were for marijuana, has caught just nine passes in the past three games and he has not scored a touchdown after scoring nine last season.
After he returned last month, Gordon said he was committed to helping the Browns win.
"I just want to control what I can control, and that's playing my hardest and working my hardest, 16 weeks next season and these last six games this season, however long I'm in Cleveland," he said. "That's just what I want to do."
He hasn't lived up to his promise.