Browns receiver Josh Gordon is not a starter for tonight’s third preseason game.
Although Gordon is in uniform and is expected to play, the team listed Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin as its starting wide receivers.
That suggests that the Browns do not expect Gordon to be successful in his ongoing fight against a looming yearlong suspension for violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Although no official word has been handed down about Gordon’s discipline, if the Browns expected to have him on the field in Week One of the regular season, he’d probably be in the starting lineup for Week Three of the preseason.
This is Pro Football Talk connecting the dots, but the logic makes sense. If the Browns thought that there was a decent chance that Gordon could be successful, then they would likely have him in the starting lineup. This does not rule out the possibility of a reduction of his suspension but to this point there have been no known negotiations between Gordon's camp and the league.