CLEVELAND — The Browns cleared a roster spot for suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon’s return by waiving wide receiver Tori Gurley and releasing wide receiver Arceto Clark.
Gordon was suspended from Cleveland’s first two games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He’ll practice today and is scheduled to play in Sunday’s game at Minnesota.
On Monday, Gordon said he was humbled by the experience. He’s out of chances and confirmed that if he fails another drug test he’ll be suspended for one year. Gordon, who was suspended in college for marijuana use, caught 50 passes for 805 yards and scored five touchdowns as a rookie.
Commissioner Roger Goodell granted Gordon a roster exemption, which expires Wednesday.
Gurley was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Sept. 7. He caught one pass for 15 yards.
CINCINNATI — Running back Giovani Bernard scored his first two NFL touchdowns, one of them on a short pass that he turned into a 27-yard score, and the Cincinnati Bengals beat Pittsburgh 20-10 on Monday night, extending the Steelers' early-season misery.
The second-round draft pick had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score — a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.
First-round pick Tyler Eifert also had a big play, making a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard's touchdown run.
The Steelers fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002. An injury-depleted offense couldn't put drives together consistently, allowing the Bengals to wear down their defense.
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