There was a time not all that long ago that the Cleveland Browns front office wanted to trade talented, though oft-troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon.
However, such a desire was overruled and Gordon went on to have an impressive season, leading the NFL in receiving yards – no small task given the revolving door of Browns quarterbacks.
Of course, talent has never been an issue for Gordon but staying out of harm’s way, that’s a little more difficult. It was something Gordon proved again as he failed yet another NFL drug test and now is facing an unknown suspension on behalf of the league. Some have speculated he’ll be denied his entire season while a few others have even went as far as to state he might receive an indefinite ban by the NFL.
The more likely case is that Gordon will be sidelined for 8 to 12 games, though, whatever the case the Browns believe they’ll have an answer before they begin training camp.
“Receiver Josh Gordon spent the last two practices of minicamp on the bike brigade and did not participate in any drills. Will that be the last team sees of Gordon until next year or will the NFL refute an ESPN report on May 9 and announce a suspension of Gordon for less than one year?
Whatever happens, Pettine believes the club will be informed before the start of training camp.”
The NFL likely wasn’t thrilled that Gordon participated in OTA’s and certainly won’t want him participating in training camp, which is why the Browns are expecting such a verdict.
Training camp begins on July 25th.