The Cleveland Browns have officially activated wide receiver Josh Gordon from the exempt/commissioner permission list.
The team made the announcement Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. In a corresponding move, the team waived linebacker Keith Pough.
The 23-year-old Gordon, who served a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, should spark an offense that has been inconsistent at best this season.
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"Athletically, no one is going to question Josh Gordon," quarterback Brian Hoyer said Wednesday per the Plain Dealer. "He’s a freak, but I think as far as this game, it’s not basketball. You don’t just go out and shoot hoops. There are plays. It’s a team game. He has to be able to show that he can do that, and I thought it was a good first step today."
Gordon led the league in with 1,646 receiving yards in 14 games last season. During a five-game span, Gordon had a touchdown in each game and was targeted 13 times on average.
While Browns head coach Mike Pettine said this week that Gordon will be on a "pitch count," expect Gordon to get plenty of looks early and often.