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Season over for Browns receiver Davone Bess

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:24 p.m. HST, Dec 22, 2013

CLEVELAND >> Davone Bess had a disappointing and shortened first season with the Browns.

The wide receiver was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday, ending his season with two games left and after he missed practice time this week for "personal reasons." The Browns announced the move with Bess after traveling to New York to play the Jets on Sunday. The team gave no further details for Bess' absence or his abrupt end to his season.

The 28-year-old Bess was excused from practice on Thursday and Friday by Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, who said Josh Cooper and Greg Little would likely get most of the snaps at slot receiver, Bess' primary position. Bess will also miss the season finale at Pittsburgh.

The Browns acquired Bess in a draft-day trade from Miami in April, and Cleveland quickly signed the six-year veteran to a three-year, $11.5 million contract extension through 2016. The Browns coveted a sure-handed receiver and expected Bess would be both a playmaker and leader.

However, he leads the NFL with 14 drops while catching 42 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns. In a loss at Kansas City, Bess dropped three passes and also muffed a late punt, costing the Browns any chance of upsetting the Chiefs.

On Friday, a photo on Bess' Instagram account showed him sitting on an outdoor deck and lighting what appears to be a cigarette of some kind. He has a flag draped around his neck and nearby is a photo of late reggae legend Bob Marley. The photo has since been deleted, and the Browns had no comment about it.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Bess had 61 catches for 778 yards and one TD last season for the Dolphins, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Bess played college ball at Hawaii.

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hon2255 wrote:
Drugs do you no good on the field and off the field, thought the guy was living the clean life with the family he has, looks to a sad ending of a once promising career. Sad
on December 21,2013 | 03:04PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yes, but let's hope for the best!
on December 21,2013 | 07:58PM
swagger wrote:
Did you see or heard anything about drugs?
on December 21,2013 | 07:27PM
mokebla wrote:
Today people says what's the big deal? It's like any "JOB," don't pass the drug test you're out of a JOB! 11M up in smoke, :-O!
on December 22,2013 | 03:14AM
krusha wrote:
Probably has pain that's ailing him that is affecting his performance. Could be concussion problems too.
on December 22,2013 | 07:45AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
If that was the case he would be placed on Injured Reserve...this is something personal apparently.
on December 22,2013 | 09:10AM
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