Davone Bess had a career-low 42 catches and 362 receiving yards this season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Browns placed Davone Bess, who has been dealing with a serious matter involving a relative in his hometown of Oakland, on the reserve/non-football illness list on Saturday, meaning he will miss the team's final two games — Sunday at the Jets and Dec. 29 in Pittsburgh — according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The move had nothing to do with illegal activities, a source told Cabot. However, Bess, who missed practice Thursday and Friday, posted a picture of himself on his Instagram account Friday possibly smoking marijuana. It was deleted shortly after it was posted.
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In the picture, Bess is sitting outside on his deck lighting up, and there's a photo of Bob Marley next to him and he's wearing a Rasta flag around his neck.
Bess, 28, has been dealing all season with the family matter, and a source told Cabot it has taken a tremendous toll on him. Bess grew up in a rough section of Oakland and often worries about family members.
The six-year veteran, who's in his first season with the Browns after five in Miami, had a career-low 42 catches, 362 receiving yards and 8.6 yards per reception this season. He scored two touchdowns.
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