Both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal believe Josh Gordon has played his last snap for the Browns.
Per the Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich, Gordon is "not expected to receive another shot with this regime." Gordon has been given 10th and 11th chances by the Browns, and burned them every time. It's good to see Gordon trying to get his life in order by checking into rehab, but he's lucky to have lasted as long as he did in Cleveland. Gordon is still somehow only 25 years old, but he's dangerously close to forcing his way out of the league.
The Arizona defense allowed 208 rushing yards to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, and are 28th in NFL run defense through three weeks.
The Arizona Republic notes that the Bills used misdirection runs to take advantage of Arizona's speed and lack of discipline, something other teams have likely taken note of early in the season. Arizona will face Rams RB Todd Gurley in Week 4 as they look to improve against the ground game. The Cardinals D/ST will be a top-10 fantasy option at home against Rams QB Case Keenum.
Contract-year WR Terrelle Pryor says he'd love to re-sign with the Browns "if Hue Jackson's here."
"I want to be here if Hue's going to be here for awhile, because I know this is a building process — and it's not really," Pryor said. "We're right the there. We're competing with everybody, we've just got to put teams away and I'd like to be where Hue's at." Coming off a monster performance where he was used like a 21st century Kordell Stewart, Pryor is locked in as the Browns' No. 1 receiver with Josh Gordon entering rehab. He's an upside WR2 for this weekend's matchup with the Redskins, and a fascinating case going forward.
Suspended WR Josh Gordon has decided to enter an in-person rehab facility, and will not return to the Browns when first eligible in week 5.
"After careful thought and deep consideration I’ve decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," Gordon said in a statement. "This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person." It's unknown when Gordon will return to the team, but fantasy owners should proceed as if he won't play in 2016. There have been no indications Gordon is facing further suspension. An All-Pro in 2013, Gordon has made only five appearances since. His extended absence locks in Terrelle Pryor as the Browns' No. 1 receiver.
Cincinnati will welcome the return of suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Thursday night.
Burfict served a three-game suspension to begin the season and is now ready to roll. Cincinnati has taken a step back defensively in 2016 and the return of Burfict, who is expected to play a "significant role" on Thursday, should help get this group back on track. The Bengals D/ST will be a top-12 fantasy option against Miami.
Michael Floyd (concussion) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday, getting in a "full" session.
Floyd was looking dicey for Sunday's game against the Rams after he reported a concussion on Monday, but he's suddenly on track to start. Off to a slow start as Larry Fitzgerald dominates targets, Floyd will be a low-end WR3 against the Rams. His quick recovery knocks John Brown from the WR3 fringes.
Tavon Austin (shoulder) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.
The Rams are just managing Austin's practice reps. He'll be his typical WR4 against the Cardinals.
Jamaal Charles (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.
There's yet to be an indication this will be the week Charles makes his 2016 debut. We should get official word on Friday.