BEREA, Ohio — As they await clarity on Josh Gordon's confusing situation, Browns general manager John Dorsey says the club has discussed signing former Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Gordon is missing the start of training camp as part of his treatment to battle drug and alcohol addictions. Dorsey does not know when Gordon will return to the Browns, and Wednesday the team changed the roster designation for him from the non-football illness list to "did not report."
Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson continue to support to Gordon, who has been suspended for 43 of Cleveland's last 48 games.
"Obviously we'd like to have all of our players here," Jackson said. "But at the same time we know things do come up. And I think as a staff we prepared for anything and everything. I think in my going on three years here I've seen it all. So I'm not surprised by anything that can happen. I think if we make it more than what it is, again you're talking about a young man that's doing everything he can to put himself in the best position to be better in his life.
"And I think that's great for Josh. At the same time we have a football team to get ready, and that's what we're going to do. All we can really worry about are the guys that are here and coach the guys that are here and get them better, and when Josh is ready to return he'll return."
With Gordon's status unclear, Dorsey said the team is considering Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler released by the Cowboys in April.
The 29-year-old Bryant led the NFL with 16 touchdowns in 2014.
"I've had a chance to be around Dez," Dorsey said. "When he was down there at Lufgen Texas, I actually went to his workout and got a chance to meet him down there. I know what kind of person he is and what makes him. He's a very talented player. Have we had discussions about Dez Bryant? Yeah, that's natural. You're going to have discussions like that. Now, we'll see what comes to fruition in the next couple days, but we've talked about it.
"You have to talk about these things. I've talked about a lot of players. There's a whole list of players we've talked about as a staff."
Meanwhile, Browns wide receiver Ricardo Louis, who could have benefited from Gordon's absence, will miss the entire season following neck surgery.