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Only in Cleveland

May 9, 2014 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- On a day in which optimism spread throughout the Browns' practice facility, ESPN's Outside The Lines reported that receiver Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension for a failed drug test for marijuana use.

Gordon entered the league having entered the substance-abuse program because of failed tests in college. He was suspended the first two games of last season after failing a test for the use of codeine cough syrup.

Gordon had a huge season in 2013, leading the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards. He was named to the Pro Bowl.

The possible suspension punches a hole in the good vibes created when the Browns maneuvered to select quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick of the first round. Manziel and cornerback Justin Gilbert, selected eighth overall, attended a press conference Friday afternoon, a few hours before news broke of Gordon's situation.

Gordon responded to the report via twitter -- "Oh gawd, this is too much suspense for me."

The Browns had a chance to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins fourth overall. Instead, general manager Ray Farmer traded down to nine and then up a spot to eighth and used the pick on Gilbert.


Article Comments



May-10-14 7:27 AM

In the real world, there's a word for people like Gordon who can't follow the rules. Insubordinate. So what if he led the league in yardage. Like they say, "statistics are for losers". Can him.

If fans are going to be charged $8 for beers and $20 for parking, they should deserve to be cheering for "team" players and not some loose cannon like Gordon. Better yet, stay home and spend your dollars locally.


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