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August 4, 2014 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Perhaps at some point this century a decision on Josh Gordon's appeal will be announced.
The Browns receiver is appealing a possible year-long suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy. He tested positive for marijuana use during one of many tests administered to him as a player in Stage 3 of the program.
Gordon hired attorney Maurice Suh to handle the appeal. Suh negotiated a successful appeal of a suspension given to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman last year.
According to reports, Suh is using second-hand smoke as an explanation for the failed test. He undoubtedly noted that the positive test was barely above the allowable limit of 15 nanongram per milliliter. A second bottle used for confirmation in the same test was slightly below the limit.
The length of the process is starting to become a drag on training camp. Although Gordon has participated in most practices, he doesn't appear to be fully engaged. It also can't be a good thing for quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel to work with Gordon, knowing that he might not be available when the season starts.
Coach Mike Pettine has remained patient throughout the lengthy process.
"We've waited this long, so hopefully a resolution is coming soon," Pettine said after practice Monday.
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