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Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for season finale at Baltimore


The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver Josh Gordon on the reserved/suspended list Saturday, effectively ending his 2014 season.

Gordon was suspended by the franchise for a violation of team rules. He will not be available when the Browns take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

In five games this season, Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards. His longest catch was a 32-yarder earlier this month against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was suspended by the NFL for the team's first 10 games.

The Browns will be thin on experience at wide receiver against the Ravens. Veteran Miles Austin has been out since late November and Andrew Hawkins is questionable with a thumb injury.

Phil Bates, who spent the past eight weeks on the practice squad after opening the season with the Seattle Seahawks, replaced Gordon on the active roster. Bates did a little bit of everything at Ohio University, where he received snaps at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and an array of spots on special teams.

Earlier in the day, Cleveland officially elevated quarterback Connor Shaw to the active roster. Shaw worked with the first-team offense throughout the week in practice and will start against the Ravens.

Defensive lineman Jamie Meder was also added to the active roster. The rookie from Ashland played on the Ravens' practice squad for the first 10 weeks and was a member of the Browns' for the past six. He's a native of Parma Heights and played high school football at Valley Forge.

To make room for Meder and Shaw, linebacker Eric Martin and tight end Ryan Taylor were waived.

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