The Browns’ agonizing wait is finally on the verge of ending because the appeal hearing of All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon is scheduled for Aug. 1. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the date Thursday.
Gordon will meet with NFL officials in New York in an effort to get a suspension reduced, according to the report. A repeat offender of the league’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon faces a potential ban from the league of at least a year after testing positive for marijuana, ESPN’s Outside the Lines first reported May 9.
We might be more optimistic about Gordon's appeal if not for his recent DUI, which might impact the leniency that the league shows when handling the appeal. We currently have him projected for an eight-game ban but are expecting he'll be out for a full year.