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Down pair of WRs, Browns will explore all options on eve of training camp

On the eve of training camp, the Browns are down two wide receivers: Josh Gordon is on an indefinite leave of absence and Ricardo Louis will miss the season with a neck injury.  

Cleveland's general manager, John Dorsey, said the front office will explore all options to give his team's new-and-improved offense the weapons it needs this upcoming season.

"Our personnel department will do its due diligence and take in everything – turn over every stone possible," Dorsey said Wednesday in a news conference previewing camp. "We will talk and have free discussion about the possibilities here."

Gordon announced Monday he'll be taking time to focus on himself following a previous string of suspensions for violations of the league's substance abuse policy (he's since been designated as a Did Not Report player), while Louis underwent surgery in the offseason. 

The pair is part of a receivers room that traded for three-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry this past spring and returns Corey Coleman, the 15th-overall pick in 2016. Coupled with Gordon, Coleman and several other faces — both new and familiar — the group is expected to be improved after struggling last season.

Among the host of free agents available to the Browns include former Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was released by Dallas in April. Dorsey confirmed Cleveland has had conversations with the three-time Pro Bowler, though it's unclear if those discussions will manifest anything. 

"I have had a chance to be around Dez, I have known Dez. I had a chance – when he was down in Lufkin, Texas – I was actually at his workout and had a chance to meet him. I know the kind of person that he is and what makes him. He is a very talented player," Dorsey said. "Now, we will see what comes to fruition the next couple of days, but we talk about it. You have to talk about these things. I have talked about a lot of things. There have been a whole list of players that we have talked about as a staff."

Other notable free agents include veteran Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin and Dontrelle Inman. 

Gordon returned in December from a multi-year suspension, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown.

Louis, a third-round pick in 2016, led the Browns' wide receivers with 27 catches for 357 yards in 2017. 

Cleveland opens training camp Thursday.

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