CLEVELAND - Josh Gordon's weekend didn't play out like recent ones did for the Browns receiver.
Gordon, who entered Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears as the hottest offensive player in the NFL, was involved in a minor car accident Saturday evening. He then went out the next day and had what was a rare mediocre performance in a 38-31 loss.
When quarterback Jason Campbell finally hooked up with Gordon on a 43-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, Gordon showed more dejection than he did excitement. Earlier he was seen holding his hands in the air after a failed third-down play resulted in a punt.
"Considering the circumstances; not enough time, really," Gordon said of the score that trimmed the Bears' lead to 38-31 with 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. "To get the onside kick and have another drive in about 30 seconds is kind of difficult. The coming-from-behind thing takes a toll."
Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron weren't a big part of the offense. Gordon, who had a league-high 1,400 yards entering play, was targeted 10 times, but he had just three receptions for 67 yards. Cameron had six targets with three catches for 23 yards.
Gordon downplayed the accident as having any impact on his performance. Gordon was a passenger in a SUV in which the driver swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle.
"It had nothing to do with the game," Gordon said.
TOPSY TURVY: Safety Tashaun Gipson had an up-and-down performance. Gipson intercepted two passes by Jay Cutler in the first half, returning one 44 yards for his first NFL touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Gipson had underneath coverage on Alshon Jeffery on a deep pass by Cutler. Jeffery managed to leap high to pull the ball away from Gipson and Julian Posey, who had coverage over the top. Jeffery scored on the play.
"Any time you score two defensive touchdowns (T.J. Ward returned a fumble for a score), that's a recipe for success, especially going against this defense and our offense being able to contribute points as they have," Gipson said. "I never thought we would have lost this game after the hot start we had. If you would have told me that in the second quarter, I probably wouldn't have believed you."
BIG BLOW: The Browns might have to play the remaining two games without cornerback Joe Haden, who suffered a hip injury in the third quarter. Haden walked to the locker room without assistance but didn't return to action.
"Any time you lose somebody like Joe, it hurts, but that's football," coach Rob Chudzinski said. "Guys have to step up and be able to make plays."
Posey was forced into action after Haden went down.
SAME OLD STORY: Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and offensive tackle Joe Thomas have seen plenty of losing seasons - 13 combined. On the surface neither of the two has shown signs of wondering if it will ever work for the Browns during their time here.
"We finally have a first-class organization," Jackson said. "We're finally doing things first rate. I feel like it's on the players now to reciprocate that. We have the players to do it. Can we take the next step and start winning those close games?"
STREAKING: Gordon became the first Browns player to have at least one touchdown reception in five consecutive games since Paul Warfield did it in 1976. Gordon continues to add to his team record for yardage in a season He's now at 1,467, safely ahead of Braylon Edwards' 1,289.
GOOD PROTECTION: The Browns didn't allow a sack for the first time this season. The last time that happened was at Indianapolis on Oct. 21, 2012.
TWICE AS NICE: Gipson had his first two-interception game. He has four interceptions this season.
NOT TODAY: Guard John Greco and running back Willis McGahee were deactivated because of injuries. Greco was out with a knee injury. McGahee suffered a concussion the previous Sunday.
Jason Pinkston replaced Greco. Chris Ogbonnaya started in place of McGahee.
INJURY REPORT: Guard Shawn Lauvao injured a shoulder in the third quarter. He returned on the next series.
INACTIVES: Out for the Browns were quarterback Alex Tanney; McGahee; offensive linemen Martin Wallace, Greco and Reid Fragel, and tight ends Keavon Milton and Andre Smith.