The Cleveland Browns have placed wide receiver Davone Bess on reserve with a non-football illness, the team announced today after Bess posted a photo on his Instagram account Friday morning.
The photo has since been deleted from Bess’ Instagram, as was his Instagram account.
The photo in question shows Bess sitting outside on a deck lighting what appears to be marijuana, next to a photo of late reggae legend Bob Marley next to him, and a flag showing the colors of the Rastafari movement around his neck.
Bess has been dealing with a serious issue involving one of his family members back home in Oakland, California.
The Browns quickly responded to the photo by taking to their official Twitter account and announcing, “The Browns have placed WR Davone Bess on reserve/non-football illness, the team has announced.”
Bess’ absence will be no big loss for the Cleveland Browns; he’s not exactly setting the NFL on fire. The receiver leads the league with 14 dropped passes, and has been limited to 28 or fewer yards in 11 of 14 games.
The Browns have already extended Bess’ contract through 2016 worth $11.5 million with $5.75 million guaranteed.
Cleveland, whom have lost their chances of a playoff birth with five straight losses, will take on the Jets on Sunday in New York.
[Photo Credit: Erik Daniel Drost]