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Browns suspend Gordon for violating team rules

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Detroit Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn (29) knocks a pass away from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during the second quarter at Ford Field on Aug 9, 2014 in Detroit, MI, USA. (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn (29) knocks a pass away from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during the second quarter at Ford Field on Aug 9, 2014 in Detroit, MI, USA. (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports)

Wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended on Saturday by the Cleveland Browns, who elevated wide receiver Phil Bates from the practice squad to replace Gordon, general manager Ray Farmer announced.

Gordon was suspended for violating team rules. He appeared in five games this season and caught 24 passes for 303 yards.

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and Gordon were absent from the Browns' walk-through Saturday morning, and the team had trouble locating them, a source told ESPN. The Browns did not mention Manziel in their release, and players on injured reserve are not required to attend walk-throughs. Manziel was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a hamstring injury in last week's loss to Carolina.

Gordon served a 10-game suspension earlier this season for repeated drug violations. By being active for only five games, he fell one game short of the requirement for an accredited season, meaning he will be a restricted free agen, instead of an unrestricted free agent, after the 2015 season.

Last season, Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving despite being suspended for the first two games.

Bates was signed out of Ohio University by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and made his NFL debut as a reserve with the Seahawks this season. He appeared in one game before being released and spent the last eight weeks on the Browns' practice squad.


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