Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a year long suspension that could have him miss the entirety of the 2014 NFL season. Considering that Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards last year, a year-long suspension would be a huge blow to the Browns.
Gordon has appealed his failed drug test and subsequent suspension, but there has yet to be a ruling from hearing officer Harold Henderson. If in fact Henderson is called upon to make the final ruling, Gordon’s suspension will either be a full year or will be revoked altogether.
If, however, the NFL and the NFLPA are able to work out a settlement prior to Henderson’s decision, Gordon’s suspension could end up being reduced. At this point, according to Pro Football Talk, there has been no settlement talks between the two parties yet.
Considering the fact that three days have passed since the initial hearing, the clock is ticking for the the NFL and the NFLPA to work out a settlement. If they do not do so within the next couple of weeks, Henderson will be forced to make a ruling himself.
With rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel getting a ton of media attention for the Browns, there is no doubt his play would be enhanced with the help of Josh Gordon. If Gordon is suspended the entire season, and Manziel does in fact win the starting job, he will have an uphill battle to climb with a weak receiving corps.
At this time, all Manziel and the Browns can do is wait and see.