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.
Dez Bryant (knee) says he got "great feedback" on his knee injury from Dr. James Andrews.
Dr. Andrews is someone players never want to visit, but the best possible person to get good news from. Bryant is still expected to miss Sunday's game against the 49ers, but perhaps he'll be ready to roll for Week 5.
Jarvis Landry (shoulder) and DeVante Parker (hamstring) will both be active for Thursday Night Football.
There was never any concern about either player's status. Landry is on the WR1 borderline against a defense that just got eaten up by Emmanuel Sanders, while Parker has WR3 appeal. The Bengals have allowed the third most passing touchdowns (nine) in football.
Garrett Celek (back) remained limited in Thursday's practice.
Celek will probably be good to go for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, but his TE2/3 status will depend on Vance McDonald's (hip) health. McDonald returned to practice Thursday, getting in a limited session of his own.