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Browns WR Josh Gordon charged with DWI in North Carolina

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Browns receiver Josh Gordon was arrested on Saturday morning. (USATSI)
Browns receiver Josh Gordon was arrested on Saturday morning. (USATSI)

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is already facing a potential one-year suspension from the NFL and that could get worse after his latest transgression. Gordon was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, North Carolina and charged with driving while impaired.

Raleigh police captain Tommy Klein told ESPN.com that Gordon was "appreciably impaired."

Gordon was pulled over just before 3 a.m. after an officer clocked him going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Gordon was released about three hours later after posting a $500 bond, a police spokesman confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The 23-year-old admitted to drinking three vodka drinks, according to WNCN.com. Gordon's blood alcohol level was .09 at the time of his arrest, just above North Carolina's legal limit of .08.

The Browns receiver is scheduled to be in Wake County court on Aug. 26.

"We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "We will comment further at the appropriate time."

There are already concerns in Cleveland that a one-year suspension could mean the end of Gordon's career and his latest arrest isn't going to help.

The Browns should know by late July what kind of suspension Gordon will be facing in 2014 and if it's a one-year ban, things could get ugly. A one-year suspension would mean Gordon has to stay away from the team's facilities all season and that's where the concern comes in.

From Cleveland.com:

Sources close to Gordon have told Cleveland.com they're concerned that if he's away from the team for a year and away from his support system, that he'll have a tough time making it back into the NFL. The sources point to Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon, the former first-round pick, who was suspended indefinitely in November of 2013 for violating the substance abuse policy and isn't expected to be re-instated in 2014.

Gordon received a speeding ticket in Ohio in May for going 74 mph in a 60 mph zone. During the stop, officers found pot in Gordon's Mercedes and one of the passengers in Gordon's car ended up being cited for possession of marijuana. Gordon pleaded not guilty to his speeding ticket in that case.

The Browns receiver was given a two-game suspension to start the 2013 season and was docked a total of four game checks last year.

The mugshot from Gordon's arrest on Saturday can be seen below:

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