The Browns losing ways have reached historic proportions after Sunday’s loss to the Bengals dropped Cleveland to 2-29 dating to the 2015 season. According to Elias Sport Bureau research, that record matches the worst record in NFL history over a 31-game span. The Oilers and Lions have also had a 2-29 mark over 31 games.
Suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to rehab in June to try to show the NFL he was worthy of reinstatement and will end his treatment September 21. When the NFL denied Gordon’s bid for reinstatement in May, the league told the Browns receiver he could apply again in the fall. 26-year-old Gordon has not played in a game since December 21, 2014. He has been suspended for 43 of the Browns’ past 48 games.
The Browns continued their roster overhaul yesterday when they traded offensive lineman Cam Erving, a former first-round pick, to the Chiefs for a fifth-round selection in 2018. The deal gives Cleveland 13 picks in April’s draft, including multiple selections in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.
The Cleveland Browns released two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. Coach Hue Jackson said he wanted Haden on his defense, but deferred to Sashi Brown, the team’s top front-office executive, to make decisions that help the Browns. 28-year-old Haden has played in only 18 games over the past two seasons because of injuries.