Browns GM John Dorsey issued a statement that the team will release the oft-troubled wide receiver on Monday.
The Cleveland Browns announced they would release Gordon on Saturday and the reasons why are beginning to trickle out. Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. He did not play in any of the four preseason games.More news: Shocking: Cop’s son caught on cam! Mercilessly beats woman
Gordon missed much of training camp when he took a leave of absence for treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport explained that Gordon reported to the team facility on Saturday with some hamstring soreness, and Browns medical staffers chose to keep him out of this week's game as a precaution.
Gordon was expected to have an expanded role this week against the Saints after being targeted just three times in a tie against Pittsburgh.More news: Hurricane Florence starts battering US East Coast
Gordon started the opener despite coach Hue Jackson saying he wouldn't be on the field for the first snap as punishment for missing camp.
Kirksey, who had been listed as questionable, will miss his first game after playing in 65 straight since being drafted third round in 2014.
"The 6'3" wideout hauled in one reception on Sunday, a 17-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Jackson blamed Gordon's appearance on the first play to a "mistake" and "miscommunication".More news: Bird remains heart, soul of champion Storm | Sports Columns