Those waiting impatiently for word from the NFL on a possible drug suspension of
Many believed the suspension would be handed down this week.
The limbo status of
Gordon has been waiting for weeks from the NFL about a possible drug suspension that could end his season before it started.
"It's human nature," Pettine told ESPN. "It's definitely weighing on him. He, like all of us, wants to know and wants to get on with this and move forward. Just being in limbo for so long can be draining. He made the comment the other day that the football field is where he feels most at home, so it's important to him."
Many believe he didn't treat his home with the greatest respect Monday night in Washington. Gordon was so lethargic on the field that he was criticized by Pettine the following day.
There have been no settlement talks between the league and
Gordon appealed the suspension, which stems from his latest failed drug test, more than two weeks ago. A ruling is expected at any time.
"There were a couple plays where I think that we would definitely want -- we just came out of the personnel meeting and talked about it -- that we would have wanted better effort," Pettine told reporters. "But it was not a mistake to play him late."
Added Pettine: "He needs the work, learning the new system. And that's a (position) room (where) you don't want to not play him and then put the other players at risk by increasing their individual workloads."
Pettine admitted some of Gordon's targets were uncatchable, but said he wants his star receiver to "finish plays better."
Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He appealed and is waiting for a ruling.
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