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Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon could face year-long suspension

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

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Eleven months ago, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for two games and fined for two more contests for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He's reportedly in even bigger trouble now.

ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Don Van Natta report that Gordon could now be facing a year-long suspension after failing a drug test for marijuana months ago.

"That's something you're going to have to talk to [agent] Drew Rosenhaus about. I really don't know anything about it," Gordon told ESPN. "I'm going to have to find out about [a possible appeal] later. You need to call Drew."

Then, Gordon hung up the phone. Rosenhaus told ESPN that the story wasn't true. According to Cleveland.com and ESPN, the Browns have known about the failed test for two weeks.

But it gets even more bizarre. Browns coaches, per NFL policy, were told of the news just today.

If true, this would be a major blow for the Browns. They had a headline-making night Thursday in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft after they grabbed cornerback Justin Gilbert and potential franchise quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first 22 picks.

After he returned from his suspension last season Gordon was outstanding, catching 87 passes for a league-high 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. Here's what now could happen:

Here's what Gordon had to say about his first failed test last year.

"In February, I was diagnosed with strep throat for which a doctor prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine," Gordon said last June. "Apparently, the medicine I took contained codeine, which is prohibited by the NFL policy. The policy terms are strict about unintentional ingestion, but the NFL has not imposed the maximum punishment in light of the facts of my case. Therefore, I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation."

In NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler second-round mock draft, the Browns are projecting to take Indiana receiver Cody Latimer. Rob Rang, thinks the same, writing, "With Josh Gordon one failed test away from a year-long suspension and Greg Little as likely to drop a ball as catch it, the Browns can't afford to let big, talented receivers slip by."

Earlier this year, the Browns parted ways with wide receiver Davone Bess.

For an interesting read from 2012 on Gordon, check out Mary Kay Cabot's story where the star receiver talks about his run-ins at Baylor.

Upon hearing of the report, Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu offered his support.

Josh Gordon was suspended for two games last year. (USATSI)
Josh Gordon was suspended for two games last year. (USATSI)

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