Pro Football Talk reports that because of Gordon's past DUI, alcohol was one of the substances for which he was being tested. The website said a one-year suspension is likely a "done deal."
The Browns also suspended Gordon for missing a Saturday walkthrough before the regular-season finale, and CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported then the Browns might be ready to part ways with the ultra-talented 23-year-old.
The Browns released the following statement regarding the news:
"Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh. At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time."
"Clearly a disappointing end to the year for Josh Gordon," Pettine said. "At some point you get tired of using the word potential.
"This offseason puts him squarely at the crossroads with us. We want him to be here."
Gordon was suspended for missing a Saturday morning walkthrough, and CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that the Browns are tired of Gordon's antics and could be ready to part ways with the 23-year-old. He missed the first 10 games of the year due to yet another drug suspension. He finished 2014 with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.
Haslam told the media that they disrespected the team, fans and staff. But he added that the pair would be given the opportunity next year to prove they've matured.
Gordon was suspended for missing a Saturday morning walkthrough. He missed the first 10 games of the year due to yet another drug suspension.
His one-game ban prevents him from being an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. He would have needed to be paid six games in order to accrue a season. If the Browns choose to to pay him for Week 17, Gordon would have only been paid for five games this year, making him a restricted free agent after 2015, not unrestricted.
According to La Canfora's report, Gordon's days with the Browns may be numbered, as the organization has grown tired of his behavior off the field. The previous front office regime tried repeatedly to trade him last season, but was vetoed by ownership. It remains to be seen if owner Jimmy Haslam will be willing to take reduced compensation in exchange for Gordon, who finished 2014 with 24 receptions and 303 yards in five games.
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