He didn't make much of that second chance as he was then suspended for all of 2015 and 2016 - again for violation of the substance abuse policy.
General manager John Dorsey issued the following statement in regards to the move.
Gordon returned to the team days prior to the preseason finale after spending almost a month tending to those personal matters.More news: Australians warned to cut up strawberries after people report finding needles inside
The team quickly moved to deactivate him for Sunday's game at the New Orleans Saints, with Rapoport calling the move "unexpected".
Things did get bumpy though once the Browns went to training camp.
Gordon reported the hamstring injury Saturday a source said.
Gordon caught the game-tying touchdown for the Browns in last week's game against the Steelers.More news: Carolinas make final preparations for powerful Hurricane Florence
However, after that Pro Bowl season, Gordon was suspended for 44 consecutive games dating back to the final week of the 2014 season, which was a team ban for reportedly missing a walk-through prior to a trip to Baltimore to play the Ravens.
The Browns selected Gordon in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft and he led the National Football League in receiving yardage in 2013 despite playing in 14 games but he's served 56 games of suspensions while playing in just 41 games. But given Gordon's talent, it's likely that more than one receiver-needy club will be fascinated by the idea of doing what the Browns ultimately could not: tap into his vast well of talent while also steering him clear of his many troubles.
The NFL reinstated Gordon last season after he completed a lengthy rehab program. Later that season, his suspension was reduced and he played in five games.More news: Sarri on Hazard: He may be the best in Europe