Gordon came back for a ball that was slightly underthrown and, with the help of a disguised push of cornerback Brent Grimes, came down with a 43-yard touchdown catch.
This was Gordon's first game since Dec. 21, 2014, the penultimate game of the regular season. Gordon was suspended for the season finale and then the entire 2015 season.
He was reinstated in late July by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but missed the Browns' first two preseason games after reporting with a quad injury. Gordon will serve a four-game suspension to begin the regular season.
His first catch Friday went for 44 yards on third-and-8 on the Browns' first drive. Gordon beat Grimes on that play as well, selling Grimes on an out move and then heading upfield. He might have scored had Robert Griffin III hit him in stride, but Gordon had to adjust slightly for the ball.
The touchdown reception came with 1:53 left in the half, as Gordon ran a go route and Griffin threw deep down the right sideline. Gordon was able to come back for the ball and make the kind of catch that helped him lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2013.
Griffin had little success when he wasn't throwing deep to Gordon. Aside from the two completions to Gordon, he went 6-for-12 for 32 yards. Griffin also fumbled once, was sacked five times and did not convert five third downs in a row. His rating was buoyed by the touchdown, as he played the first half and finished with a 108.9 rating.
After not playing in 27 of the past 32 regular-season games, Gordon's two catches for 87 yards and one TD provide the Browns a sign that he might not have much rust as he attempts to come back.