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Gordon is facing a year-long suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy which was handed down in May as the second day of the the NFL Draft was underway and was later arrested on DWI charges in early July.
The NFL’s receiving yards leader from a season ago will meet with the NFL on Aug. 1 to have his appeal hearing heard and could be facing an indefinite suspension according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. However, Mortsensen also mentioned on Friday’s “NFL Live” that Gordon could get off on a technicality and could be available for Cleveland.
Gordon has said all along that he would report to training camp as he awaits to have his appeal heard and the Browns have insisted they will not cut Gordon, so of course Gordon would show up and report to training camp as if everything was business as usual.
The No. 1 story line at Browns camp is still going to be the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Manziel, but the secondary saga involving the top target either of them would have is certainly 1B.
Considering the dearth of options at wide receiver for the Browns, not having Gordon for this season would force Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins into big roles and the pressure will be on Jordan Cameron to have a more consistent season at his tight end position.