The Cleveland Browns frustrations with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Josh Gordon are reportedly growing.
Gordon was suspended for Sunday's season finale against the Baltimore Ravens after reportedly missing a team walkthrough on Saturday. Manziel, who is on injured reserve, also reportedly missed the walkthrough and was late for treatment on Saturday after "throwing a big party Friday night attended by many members of the club," reports La Canfora.
Gordon plans to file a grievance against the team for his suspension, which will keep him one game short of having an accredited season and later restrict him in free agency. The receiver missed the first 10 games of the season after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
According to the report, several members of the organization feel Gordon has "got to go," and the team is concerned his behavior will rub off on younger players. Meanwhile, the Browns continue to be worried by Manziel's "nighttime activities and work habits and practice performances," reports La Canfora.
From the report:
Manziel was also not present for Saturday's walk-through. The Browns had to send security personnel to Manziel's house on Saturday to try to locate him when he was absent from the building, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. While it's not unusual given that he was placed on IR this week with a hamstring injury, considering Manziel's missteps in college and since entering the league, his own vow to take his job more seriously and his stated desire to be the starting quarterback next season, some on the team thought he might be around for the walk-through session.
Manziel made his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 14, a game Cleveland lost 30-0. In his next start, he injured his hamstring in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers.
Gordon was named first-team All-Pro last season after catching 87 passes for a league-leading 1,646 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. He caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games in 2014.
- Molly Geary