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Browns move WR Josh Gordon to 90-man roster, making him eligible to practice and play

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Browns move WR Josh Gordon to 90-man roster, making him eligible to practice and play

The Browns transferred Josh Gordon to their 90-man roster Saturday, clearing the way for the gifted but oft-troubled receiver to return to practice.

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The next installment of Hard Knocks just got a little more interesting.

The Cleveland Browns transferred Josh Gordon to their 90-man roster Saturday, clearing the way for the gifted but oft-troubled receiver to return to practice and potentially play on opening day.

After missing the early stages of training camp while taking additional time to ensure his addiction issues are in check, Gordon was moved to the active/non-football injury list last weekend so he could rejoin the team while focusing on his conditioning. Now the 2013 all-pro can begin reintegration into an offense that managed just three points in Thursday night’s 5-0 defeat of the Eagles.

Cleveland coach Hue Jackson addressed Gordon’s progress Friday but wouldn’t commit to a timeline for putting him on the practice field.

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“He is into the second phase of where I want him to be,” Jackson said. “He will definitely be involved in walk-throughs now, out there and be involved. How much he does will be in proportion of what I see and where he is.”

Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 (in just 14 games), but drug suspensions have limited him to 10 appearances over the past four seasons.

Veteran Jarvis Landry started Thursday alongside younger wideouts Rashard Higgins and Damion Ratley. Rookie Antonio Callaway also remains in the mix, and the Browns have not shut the door on potentially signing free agent Dez Bryant.

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