Browns elevate Phil Bates; suspend Josh Gordon
BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns on Saturday elevated WR Phil Bates to the active roster from the practice squad and placed WR Josh Gordon on reserve/suspended by club. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.
Gordon was suspended by the club for violation of team rules. He started all five games he appeared this year and totaled 24 receptions for 303 yards.
Bates is 6-2, 220-pounds and is officially in his first NFL season out of Ohio. Originally signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Bates made his NFL debut as a reserve with the Seahawks this season and appeared in one game before spending the past eight weeks on the Browns’ practice squad. He will wear No. 89.