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12 Josh Gordon WR
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 4/13/1991 | Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Baylor | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 131.56
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Browns WR Gordon feels alienated by some in organization


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Browns All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon told friend and fellow receiver Nate Burleson in an interview for NFL Network that he has felt alienated by some in the organization since being suspended for 10 games for violating the league's drug policy.

Gordon returned to action in Week 12 to catch eight passes for 120 yards and key a critical victory in Atlanta.

"The lowest point of all this I think was the disassociation from a lot of friends you thought were close or you thought were kind of cool with really not checking on you anymore, [not] hitting you up anymore, [not] wanting to hang out," Gordon said. "As far as even people in here (with the Browns), I don't want to throw names around, but I can see it.

"I'm definitely really observant so I see how people might just be more standoffish (than) they were before. It's kind of like a disease. People they want to see it, but they don't really want to touch it."

Gordon and the Browns are at Buffalo on Sunday.


Even out of sync, Josh Gordon dominates


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer and star wide receiver Josh Gordon weren't entirely in sync in the latter's return from a 10-game suspension Week 12 at Atlanta, as evidenced by Hoyer's two interceptions late in the fourth quarter -- both on passes that sailed well beyond Gordon's reach. But even so, Gordon put up big numbers in his season debut, leading the Browns with eight catches for 120 yards.

Though the Browns initially said he'd play only 20-30 snaps, Gordon was consistently on the field, getting twice as many targets (16) as any other Browns player. And though his longest catch went for only 24 yards, he was targeted on several deep balls that, perhaps with a better rapport with Hoyer, could have resulted in big gains.

In other words, if you've stashed Gordon, the NFL's leading receiver last year, all this time, give yourself a pat on the back. He looks like he'll be a stud down the stretch and should have even bigger games than this one in store.


Browns WR Josh Gordon surpasses 100 yards in season debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Even though he missed the first 10 games due to a suspension, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon showed little rust in his season debut Sunday at Atlanta.

Gordon immediately became quarterback Brian Hoyer's favorite target, as he totaled a team-high 120 yards on eight catches. He was also targeted a team-high 16 times.

Gordon had his ninth career game with at least 100 receiving yards Sunday. The Browns are back in action Week 13 at Buffalo.


Report: Browns' Josh Gordon to line up for 20-30 plays Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is expected to be on the field for 20-30 plays during his season debut Sunday against the Falcons, a league source told ESPN. 

Gordon is expected to start or rotate in quickly, according to NFL.com. The Browns are open to more reps, if Gordon is feeling good.

Gordon is returning from a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He spent the last 11 weeks working out on his own. He did attend team meetings, but he couldn't participate in on-field team activities until this past week, when he practiced with the team for the first time since August.


Browns officially activate WR Josh Gordon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Browns have officially activated wide receiver Josh Gordon and added him to the 53-man active roster, per the team's official website. In a corresponding move, the team waived linebacker Keith Pough.

Gordon served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was arguably one of the top wideouts of the 2013 season, racking up 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He'll make his season debut on Sunday against Atlanta.


Pettine: Browns WR Josh Gordon ahead of schedule


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Mike Pettine has declared returning Browns wideout Josh Gordon "maybe a little ahead of where we expected" in his preparation for his 2014 debut Sunday in Atlanta, the Elyria Chronicle Telegram has reported. Gordon has missed the entire season due to a drug suspension.

Pettine added Thursday that Brian Hoyer was targeting Gordon often in practice, but warned against the quarterback having tunnel vision in Week 12 and not seeking out other receivers.

Gordon is expected to play about three-quarters of the snaps against the Falcons.


Josh Gordon 'very ready' for season debut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Browns wideout Josh Gordon was asked if he's ready for Sunday's game at Atlanta -- his first game this season following a 10-game suspension. "Very ready. Very ready," he said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"I've had a long time to get ready for it."

Gordon also was asked if he can have a big game right away. "I definitely think I can," he said. "In regards to the coaching and how they want to implement me into the game plan, that's up to them. I want them to do what they see fit and just use me as an asset, whatever is easiest for them to do."


Browns WR Josh Gordon plans to 'tear this league up'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Browns wideout Josh Gordon told his former teammate Nate Burleson back in training camp he had big plans for his comeback. "He said, 'I plan to lose 10 to 15 pounds and when I come back I'm going to tear this league up,'" Burleson recalled, per NFL.com.

Gordon returns from his 10-game suspension Sunday at Atlanta. Practice observers said Wednesday he looked to be in good shape.

Browns coach Mike Pettine has talked about easing Gordon back into the offense, but Falcons coach Mike Smith expects a heavy dose of Gordon at the Georgia Dome.


Report: Falcons could line up Trufant on Browns' Gordon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Falcons could line up cornerback Desmond Trufant one-on-one Sunday against Browns prolific wideout Josh Gordon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gordon is set to make his 2014 debut after serving a 10-game suspension.

Trufant has taken on the task lately of trying to shut down No. 1 receivers. He matched up against Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin last week.

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan understands the need to focus on Gordon. "He's a very explosive player," Nolan said. "He's one of the top receivers in the league without question. Big. Strong. Fast. He's a very commanding player at the position."

Pro Football Focus ranks Trufant as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL this season.


Browns to find out Wednesday about Josh Gordon's conditioning


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Browns have not seen wideout Josh Gordon practice since August. At Wednesday's practice, they'll find out what kind of shape he's in, reports USA Today.

Gordon worked out with strength coaches and attended meetings during his 10-game suspension, but he wasn't allowed to practice. Last season, upon returning from a two-game suspension, Gordon caught 10 passes for 146 yards against the Vikings. This was a much longer layoff.

"Who knows how good he'll be right out of the chute," guard Mitchell Schwartz told the paper. "Our receiver group did a much better job than people thought they would do without him. You try to figure out what's going to work best and roll with that."

Receiver Andrew Hawkins said there's "no question that [Gordon is] hungry. He's told me that numerous times over the last 10 weeks. This is a time he's been counting down the minutes to."


Hoyer: Can't put pressure on Josh Gordon to be 'the savior'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Now that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has served his 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, he can rejoin his teammates on the gridiron. However, quarterback Brian Hoyer wants to caution everyone from expecting too much early on from the NFL's reigning receiving yardage leader.

"We all know what Josh is capable of, but let's not put all this pressure on him to be the savior,'' Hoyer said, per The Plain Dealer. "We all have to be better on offense. We all have to be more consistent. We don't want to create these crazy expectations for Josh. He's got six games to play. He hasn't been doing anything physically with us in 10 weeks. That's tough. 

"Obviously we all know how talented he is physically and I think he'll pick up everything because he's been in meetings and stuff, but I also think we have to bring him along where he's at this own pace and does it the way he's going to do it. Our coaches have a good plan for that and we'll see how it is when this week rolls around.''

Gordon totaled 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. He is averaging 17.9 yards per catch and has 14 receiving touchdowns in 30 career games.


Browns WR Josh Gordon back 'without restrictions' Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will be allowed to practice without restrictions starting Monday, ESPN.com confirms.

"(He) will be clear to resume normal activities without restriction," AFC director of football communications Jon Zimmer said in response to an email on the subject.

Gordon was initially suspended for a full season but had his punishment reduced to 10 games. He'll face a plus matchup in his first game back in Week 12, as the Falcons have surrendered the most receiving yards in the league per game.


Browns expect WR Josh Gordon to return from suspension Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Thursday he expects wide receiver Josh Gordon to be able practice Monday, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Gordon was suspended 10 games for the 2014 season and he remains eligible to return Nov. 23 at Atlanta.


Browns GM: Gordon must work his way back upon return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Despite the fact that his team features a receiving corps desperately seeking a go-to guy, Browns general manager Ray Farmer is not exactly turning cartwheels over the impending return of Josh Gordon.

Gordon, who blossomed in 2013 before losing the first 10 games of this season to a drug suspension, is set to come back in Week 12.

Asked if he was excited about Gordon, Farmer said, "We have not allowed ourselves to (be)," per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. "We don't want to look ahead and say that, oh, this offense will finally be fixed when Josh Gordon is back."

Farmer went on to say that the offense is simply working with the available receivers and that Gordon must fight his way back into the offense upon his return.

Those remarks raised a few eyebrows. After all, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 despite terrible quarterback play.


Josh Gordon eligible to play Nov. 23


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The NFL and its players association agreed to a new drug policy that reduces Browns receiver Josh Gordon's one-year suspension to 10 games, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Gordon will be eligible to play Nov. 23 at Atlanta.

Gordon is expected to return to the Browns' facility this week for meetings and conditioning.


NFL, NFLPA finishing up new drug policy


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The NFL and the NFL Players Association are finalizing a new drug policy Tuesday evening, and a formal announcement is expected to be made by Wednesday morning, CBSSports.com NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports.

The NFLPA has begun to notify players of the revamped suspensions under the new policy, including Browns receiver Josh Gordon officially having his suspension reduced to 10 games. Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick are among the handful of players who should be able to rejoin their respective teams Wednesday in preparation of playing in Week 3.

However, Dolphins defenders Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones are not expected to be affected by the change in policy, the Palm Beach Post reports, leaving their suspensions active for two more games.


Josh Gordon pleads guilty to DWI


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon pleaded guilty in a Raleigh, N.C., court to driving while impaired, reports CBS Sports' Will Brinson. Gordon was fined $390 and put on probation for a year.

Gordon will lose his license and must attend alcohol assessment and treatment, according to WTVD in Raleigh. Gordon was pulled over in Raleigh on July 5. His blood-alcohol level was .09, just above the legal limit of .08, the report said.

Gordon continues to await word on a new NFL drug policy that's expected to reduce his league suspension to 10 games. Tuesday's plea deal won't affect Gordon's suspension, according to Pro Football Talk.


Report: Josh Gordon eligible to return in Week 12


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have his suspension reduced from 16 to 10 games upon the ratification of the league's new drug agreement, ESPN.com reports Monday.

Gordon has already served two games of his suspension, and will be eligible to return Nov. 23 at Atlanta, in Week 12.  


NFLPA passes new drug agreement


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The NFL Players Association passed a new drug agreement, according to NFL.com.

Player representatives voted on the new agreement Friday afternoon. Early reports said current player suspensions could be reduced if the new agreement passed. As a result, Wes Welker and Orlando Scandrick are eligible to play Week 2. Josh Gordon 's situation is slightly more complicated, though early reports said his suspension would be reduced to 10 games if the new agreement were adopted. 


Report: Josh Gordon suspension to be reduced to 10 games


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) A season-long drug suspension will be reduced to 10 games for Browns wideout Josh Gordon under the league's new agreement with the NFLPA, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The new length of his banishment would be the result of a fourth substance abuse violation.

Gordon emerged in 2013 as one of the most explosive skill position players in the NFL. Despite losing the first two games to suspension, he racked up 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.


Report: Josh Gordon's suspension to be reduced to eight games


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) With a new drug policy expected to be approved Friday, ESPN.com reports good news for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon .

Gordon, who is currently serving a season-long suspension for failing a drug test, is expected to have his suspension reduced to eight games, according to the report. Assuming that includes time served for having sat out the team's first game, Gordon could be eligible to get back on the field in time for Week 10 against the Bengals.

Gordon was arguably the top receiver in the league a year ago, as he racked up 87 catches for 1, 646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games. 


Report: NFLPA to vote on revised drug agreement Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The NFL Players Association will vote on a revised drug agreement Friday, according to NFL.com. 

If passed, the agreement could lead to a number of players being immediately reinstated. Wes Welker is possibly the biggest name who would benefit from a new drug policy. Josh Gordon could also benefit, though his situation isn't as clear. The new drug policy would raise the threshold for a positive marijuana test. Gordon's positive test was barely above the old threshold, which could lead to a reduced suspension. At the same time, Gordon's test came in 2013, so it's unclear whether the new drug policy would apply here. 


Report: Tuesday vote could help Josh Gordon, Wes Welker


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) The NFL's 32 player reps will vote Tuesday on a new drug policy, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Depending on the exact language, players currently under suspension such as Browns receiver Josh Gordon and Broncos receiver Wes Welker could have their suspensions reduced or overturned, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

However, Mortensen also reported that if Gordon and Welker were allowed back, owners of other teams would push to have their players reinstated. That could be a sticking point in any deal negotiated by the owners and players union.


La Canfora: Amnesty for currently suspended players unlikely


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Though the NFL and player's union are working toward a settlement numerous questions regarding the drug testing policy, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that amnesty for players currently serving suspensions is not being strongly considered.

According to the report, neither side in the negotiations appears to be pushing for reductions to current suspensions for players like Wes Welker or Josh Gordon . At this point in the negotiations, it does not seem like a priority.

"Right now I don't see us reaching an agreement in the near term with or without player suspensions being lifted," a league source said.


Report: Agreement would bring optimism about suspensions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and Broncos counterpart Wes Welker are among the players that are hopeful the new agreement between the NFL and NFLPA could result in reduced drug suspensions, per Bleacher Report.

Gordon has been suspended for the season while Welker is currently set to miss four games.