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Here we go again

June 7, 2013 - Mike McLain
Last year it was cornerback Joe Haden.

This year receiver Josh Gordon will put the Browns at a disadvantage when the season starts because of the two-game suspension he's received for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Tony Grossi of the ESPN website in Cleveland reported the news Friday afternoon. Gordon will miss the first two games -- home to the Miami Dolphins and at the Baltimore Ravens. The monetary portion of the punishment will cost Gordon four game checks.

This news won't help Gordon's status with the Browns. He was dismissed from the Baylor University program for repeated positive tests for marijuana. He transferred to Utah but never played a game there because of another positive test.

The Browns offered a second-round choice in the 2013 draft in winning a bidding process to acquire Gordon's services last June. At the time he expressed gratitude to the Browns for giving him another chance and talked about not disappointing them.

The NFL has confirmed the report. The league statement indicated that Gordon will be eligible to return to the active roster Monday, Sept. 16, a day after the game against the Ravens.

Gordon will be allowed to participate in preseason games and training camp workouts.

Haden was suspended the first four games of last season after testing positive for the banned substance Adderall.

Browns receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season and fined an additional two game checks for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

Gordon had a history of positive tests for marijuana at Baylor and Utah. He was kicked out of both schools and entered the supplemental draft last summer. While those positive tests made him a high risk player, they did not carry over into the NFL. Otherwise, a source said, he could have been suspended longer, per the league’s drug policy.


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