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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%: 99/85 | Average Draft Position: 128.16
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Coach: Josh Gordon antsy about NFL suspension ruling


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) The limbo status of Browns prolific wide receiver Josh Gordon has negatively affected him - though that opinion has only been expressed by Mike Pettine. Gordon has not spoken to the media since May.

Gordon has been waiting for weeks from the NFL about a possible drug suspension that could end his season before it started.

"It's human nature," Pettine told ESPN. "It's definitely weighing on him. He, like all of us, wants to know and wants to get on with this and move forward. Just being in limbo for so long can be draining. He made the comment the other day that the football field is where he feels most at home, so it's important to him."

Many believe he didn't treat his home with the greatest respect Monday night in Washington. Gordon was so lethargic on the field that he was criticized by Pettine the following day.


No settlement talks in Josh Gordon matter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) There have been no settlement talks between the league and Browns receiver Josh Gordon over his looming one-year suspension, reports Pro Football Talk. Both sides continue to await a decision from arbitrator Harold Henderson.

Gordon appealed the suspension, which stems from his latest failed drug test, more than two weeks ago. A ruling is expected at any time.


Browns want better effort from Josh Gordon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't like the effort he saw from receiver Josh Gordon on Monday night against the Redskins. Gordon played into the fourth quarter and finished with an 8-yard reception on five targets.

"There were a couple plays where I think that we would definitely want -- we just came out of the personnel meeting and talked about it -- that we would have wanted better effort," Pettine told reporters. "But it was not a mistake to play him late."

Added Pettine: "He needs the work, learning the new system. And that's a (position) room (where) you don't want to not play him and then put the other players at risk by increasing their individual workloads."

Pettine admitted some of Gordon's targets were uncatchable, but said he wants his star receiver to "finish plays better."

Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He appealed and is waiting for a ruling.

Josh Gordon set to play Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon is in uniform and set to see game action in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins. Gordon has been dealing with an abdominal issue.

Josh Gordon back at practice Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Browns premier wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice Saturday after missing time with an abdominal issue. He could play Monday in Washington if the league does not come down with a drug suspension before that.

Josh Gordon a no-go again Friday with abdominal issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) An abdominal injury continues to prevent Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon from practicing. He was held out of the Friday session.

Gordon could wind up sidelined for far longer. He is awaiting word from the league on a possible drug suspension.


Josh Gordon held out with abdominal injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon did not practice Monday due to an abdominal injury, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Coach Mike Pettine called it a minor injury. Gordon continues to await word on his appeal of an NFL suspension.

Josh Gordon gets plenty of looks in first preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon saw plenty of looks with the first-team offense during Saturday's preseason opener against the Lions in Detroit.

On the third drive of the night, Gordon caught a 22-yard pass and a short screen, which he took for gain of 10 yards in the red zone. He was targeted four times and finished with two catches for 32 yards.

Gordon is facing a lengthy suspension and will continue to play in the preseason until a ruling on the appeal of his suspension is announced.


Report: Browns prepping for 8-game Josh Gordon suspension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Browns are steeling themselves for star receiver Josh Gordon to receive an eight-game suspension, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That's actually much better than the one-year suspension Gordon long had been expected to receive for his latest failed drug test.

Gordon's appeal hearing concluded Monday, and the arbitrator's decision is expected in one to three weeks. If Gordon gets suspended eight games, he'd be eligible to return Thursday, Nov. 6 against the Bengals.


Josh Gordon to play Saturday, if no ruling is announced


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said wide receiver Josh Gordon will play during Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, if a ruling on the appeal of his suspension hasn't been announced. 

The decision on Gordon's appeal is not expected to happen for at least a week and it could take up to three weeks, a source told Cleveland.com.

"It's been reported, I think, it'll be a chunk of time," Pettine said. "We just don't know when. We don't have an exact date. As frustrating as it is for Josh, I think he's handled it well. He's been practicing hard, giving good effort, finishing plays. Assuming if we don't hear anything, then he'll be out there Saturday."


Josh Gordon ruling expected 'in a week or so'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The appeal hearing for Browns receiver Josh Gordon covered 12 1/2 hours Friday and Monday. According to Pro Football Talk, "the current expectation is that the ruling will come in a week or so."

Until the ruling is issued, it's possible the sides could settle on discipline shorter than the one-year suspension Gordon is facing for an alleged repeat violation of NFL drug policy, the report said. Gordon can continue practicing and is eligible to play in preseason games.


No Josh Gordon decision expected Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) A decision on Josh Gordon's appeal is not expected to be handed down Monday, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The hearing lasted all day Friday and continued Monday, with the Browns receiver participating via teleconference.

If the arbitrator denies Gordon's appeal, he'll be suspended at least one year for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy.


Josh Gordon to speak to the commissioner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon, whose appeal hearing is continuing Monday in New York, will speak to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell by phone at 12 p.m. ET, reports NFL Network. Gordon returned to Cleveland and practiced with the starters Monday morning after participating in the hearing Friday.

Gordon is facing a minimum one-year drug suspension if the arbitrator denies his appeal.


Josh Gordon's appeal hearing to continue Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The appeal hearing for Browns receiver Josh Gordon lasted 9 1/2 hours Friday and will continue Monday, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Gordon is appealing an indefinite ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the third time.

A source told the paper that arbitrator Harold Henderson can impose something less than the minimum one-year ban, but that's rare because "it's an appeal and it's meant to be rejected or confirmed."

Gordon's team is arguing he "tested positive because of second-hand smoke and that he shouldn't be banned indefinitely because his test results were inconsistent," the paper said.

"The fact that the hearing will resume Monday would seem to indicate that Gordon has at least a chance for something other than the minimum one-year ban," the article concluded.


No Josh Gordon decision until Monday at the earliest


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Browns won't get a ruling on receiver Josh Gordon's appeal of his drug suspension until Monday at the earliest, reports ESPNCleveland.com. Under the league's substance abuse policy, Gordon is staring at an indefinite suspension lasting at least a year.

Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked Friday how running back Ray Rice could receive a two-game suspension for a domestic violence incident and Gordon potentially could get a year for a failed marijuana test.

"We have a drug program that is collectively bargained and it has a step process," Goodell said. "It takes four incidents before you actually reach a suspension in a drug-related case."


Decision on Josh Gordon not expected Friday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/1/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon will appeal his reported one-year suspension on Friday, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer doesn't expect an immediate announcement on his future. Gordon is expected to be back in Cleveland on Saturday. 

Gordon faces a one-year ban for reportedly failing a third drug test over his career. He was also arrested and charged with a DUI earlier this offseason. 


Josh Gordon's appeal set for Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon indeed will have his appeal hearing before the NFL on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Schefter reported earlier the hearing would be delayed until next week.

Gordon will argue that his one-year suspension is unwarranted, Schefter said.


Josh Gordon practicing 'as if he expects to lose his appeal'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon "has looked at times in practice as if he expects to lose his appeal of his yearlong suspension," reports ESPN.com. Gordon is not working strictly with the starters, the website said, "and he has loafed through some routes."

Gordon has a reputation for not going full speed in practice, and that's been especially true in this camp. "He has given up on routes; he has not extended himself; and he has let passes go through his hands," the website said.


NFL issues warning on Josh Gordon's appeal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) With Browns receiver Josh Gordon reportedly set to argue that secondhand smoke caused his failed marijuana test, the NFL sent an email to ESPN.com on Wednesday suggesting that argument might not fly.

"A cornerstone of both of our drug testing programs has always been that you are responsible for what is in your body," Greg Aiello, NFL senior vice president of communications, wrote to the website. "It is stated that way in the policies."

No player has won an appeal based on secondhand smoke, the report said.

Gordon's appeal is Friday. If he loses, he could be suspended for the entire season.


Report: Josh Gordon arguing second-hand smoke as defense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) In his appeal hearing Friday, Browns receiver Josh Gordon will argue that his failed drug test resulted from second-hand smoke, reports ESPN.com. As it is, Gordon's failed test came out at 16 nanograms per milliliter, just one nanogram above the NFL threshold of 15 nanograms per milliliter, according to Pro Football Talk.

Gordon has hired the same attorney, Maurice Suh, who got Seahawks corner Richard Sherman's four-game suspension reduced to nothing. Gordon is facing a potential one-year suspension if he's not successful Friday.


Report: Josh Gordon's appeal stronger than previously thought


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Browns receiver Josh Gordon has a fairly strong case for appealing his one-year suspension for a failed marijuana test, according to Pro Football Talk. The case, to be heard Friday, "holds more water than the average bong," the report said.

PFT says urine samples are split into "A" and "B" bottles. Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration one nanogram per milliliter above the limit, while the "B" sample showed a concentration slightly below the limit, per PFT.

But the league's substance abuse policy says the "B" bottle test "need only show that the substance, revealed in the ‘A’ bottle Test, is evident to the ‘limits of detection’ to confirm the results of the ‘A’ bottle Test."

PFT says Gordon, who's in Stage III of the program due to previous failed tests, has passed at least 70 drug tests. And he would have passed this one "but for the 50-50 luck of the draw," the website said.


Josh Gordon works with third unit in anticipation of suspension


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Browns embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon practiced Saturday with the third-team offense. It is assumed it was considered a waste for him to work with the first unit since he will likely be suspended for the season after several offseason infractions.

Gordon has been granted an appeal with the NFL, which has been slated for Friday. But his positive test for banned substances and subsequent DUI arrest might have cemented a one-year ban.


Josh Gordon will appeal his one-year ban


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Josh Gordon plans to appeal a one-year suspension with NFL officials on August 1, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Gordon faces a year-long ban due to a failed drug test earlier this offseason. It's the third failed drug test he's had since entering the league in 2012.

Gordon was also arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI in North Carolina earlier this month. 

The Browns troubled receiver broke out in a major way in 2013, posting 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite playing with a merry-go-round of mediocre quarterbacks. 


Browns won't cut Josh Gordon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that receiver Josh Gordon is not in danger of being cut.

"We're expecting him to report on Friday and be on the field," Pettine said. "We have no plans to cut him. I know there's been a lot of debate over that, but I don't see us having that debate."

Gordon is waiting to hear from the NFL about what could be an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the paper said. He also was arrested for driving while impaired earlier this month.

"I think we need to find the middle ground of what's best for Josh and what's best for the organization," Pettine said. "I know [ESPN analyst] Cris Carter came out and said [Gordon should be cut], but we think you can find that middle ground of what's best for our players and best for the organization. It worked for Cris, but cutting Josh might be the worst thing for him and the worst thing for us."


Report: Josh Gordon's appeal hearing coming soon


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Browns receiver Josh Gordon, said Thursday he'll meet with the team before training next week to discuss how the two parties can best help Gordon in the face of his looming drug suspension, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Rosenhaus also confirmed that the appeal hearing is coming up soon.

"I'm sure I'll get together with the Browns at some point before training camp to talk to them some more about all of our clients," Rosenhaus said. 

Rosenhaus declined to say much about Gordon's anticipated indefinite ban for violating the league's substance abuse for at least the third time. He reportedly tested positive for marijuana.

"Let's just say (the appeal hearing is) some point in the near future," Rosenhaus said. "I'm not permitted to divulge that."

He also declined to comment on how Gordon's recent DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina might impact the appeal hearing and when he expects a resolution.