BEREA, Ohio -- Despite denials from management and head coach Rob Chudzinski, the possibility of the Cleveland Browns trading one of their wide receivers could be very real.
The Detroit Lions, 2-1, need a receiver after Nate Burleson suffered a broken arm in a freak accident when he lost control of his vehicle while trying to prevent a pizza from sliding off the front passenger seat as he was driving home.
The Burleson situation is sure to increase the rumors the Browns are willing to trade Josh Gordon or Greg Little. The rumor is just one more distraction for Chudzinski to deflect as he prepares his team to face the Bengals on Sunday in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
Before practice for the Bengals began Wednesday, Gordon said he received a calming text from his head coach.
"Regardless, I'm still just going to have to come out here and practice until I get a call if that ever happens for a trade," Gordon said. "But the fact that he said there wasn't, it makes me feel a little more comfortable. At the same time, anything can happen."
Last Wednesday CEO Joe Banner said the Browns are not seeking any more headline-grabbing trades after trading Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first-round draft choice. Chudzinski reaffirmed that stance this week.
On Sunday, Twitter was a hotbed of rumors of the Browns listening to trade offers for Little and Gordon. That was before Gordon caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown to help the Browns beat the Vikings, 31-27.
"Cleveland fielding offers for and open to trading WRs Josh Gordon and Greg Little," Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted. "At least one team has made a quality offer for Gordon."
Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio and an ESPN contributor sent out another definitive tweet:
"On #Browns WR Josh Gordon, he's been on the trade block for several weeks, source said. Banner wants him out, very clear, source said."
Browns players became a focus of trade rumors after Richardson, the third pick in the 2012 draft, was dealt to the Colts following the Browns getting off to an 0-2 start. The impression was the Browns are starting over and trying to acquire as many draft picks as they can, but then they looked rejuvenated and beat the Vikings.
Little was a second-round pick in 2011. Gordon was acquired in the 2012 supplemental draft with a 2013 second-round pick. Gordon faces a season-long suspension if he violates the NFL's substance abuse policy one more time.
"We have no plans on any other trades," Chudzinski said. "I think Joe addressed that the other day.
"I don't really need to (talk to Gordon) because there are no plans. If there was, I would talk to him. If there was an issue I would talk to him. Otherwise, I've talked to these guys in general.
"The things that are out there that people say, the rumors, the things that swirl around, are just all noise."
The trading deadline is Oct. 29.