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08/27/14 - WR Josh Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Gordon will not be eligible to return to any team activity for an entire year. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.
Gordon, 23, acknowledged that the league upheld his suspension in a statement released by the NFL Players Association.
"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in the statement. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."
Gordon met with league arbitrator Harold Henderson in New York to appeal the suspension on Aug. 4.
The league confirmed the suspension with a statement:
"Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld the suspension for the 2014 NFL season of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension is effective immediately."
Gordon tested positive for marijuana during the offseason, a violation of conditions required as a repeat offender. Gordon hired lawyer Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing. Suh argued the positive test was the result of second-hand smoke. Gordon has been tested nearly 70 times and passed every test but this particular one, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Gordon led the league in receiving yards last season with 1,646 despite missing two games for violating the substance-abuse policy.
08/24/14 - WR Josh Gordon did not play against the Rams on Saturday night in a game the Browns lost, 33-14. They are waiting to learn from the league on a likely suspension of Gordon for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
"Knowing that the decision is looming - that we're fairly certain that we're not going to have him for a minimum of some part of the year - we wanted to make sure that we were getting repetitions with the guys that are going to be out there early," head coach Mike Pettine said. "It wasn't anything from a punishment standpoint or anything like that. It was just common sense."
Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season, is also battling an abdominal injury.
08/12/14 - WRs Josh Gordon (abdomen) and Nate Burleson (hamstring) missed practice Tuesday.
08/11/14 - WR Josh Gordon was held from practice with an undisclosed injury on Monday. He is expected to return on Tuesday.
07/29/14 - WR Josh Gordon and his attorney will argue in an appeal to the NFL on Friday that second-hand smoke resulted in a failed drug test.
Gordon is working with Maurice Suh, the lawyer who assisted Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in his case against the NFL in 2012. Sherman's four-game suspension was waived.
Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for a third time. If the suspension is upheld, he will not be able to apply for reinstatement until one year has passed.
According to ESPN.com, Gordon was just over the threshold with his failed test with one of his samples. A second sample was more than a nonogram per milliliter below the cutoff line. His legal team plans to call witnesses to testify that the scores are an indication of second-hand smoke.
ProFootballTalk.com reported that Gordon has passed 70 or more drug tests since last year when he entered Stage II of the NFL's drug program.
Gordon missed the first two games of the 2013 season after a positive test for a banned substance, which he said was codeine from cough syrup.
Gordon's July 5 arrest in North Carolina for DWI will have no impact on his appeal Friday, according to ESPN.com.
RB Steven Jackson sat out Tuesday's practice with a right hamstring injury, but head coach Mike Smith expects Jackson to be ready in time for the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 7.
Smith noted it was not the hamstring that Jackson injured in Week 2 last season, when the veteran struggled out of the gate and had his streak of eight consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons snapped, finishing with 543 yards and six touchdowns on 157 carries. However, it continues a series of soft-tissue issues the 31 year old Jackson has dealt with in recent seasons.
With Jackson sidelined, veteran Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will shoulder the bulk of the workload, with Antone Smith also likely to see increased snaps.