For Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension to be anything other than all or nothing, an agreement has to be reached. Before an agreement can be reached, negotiations must occur. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that hasn’t happened yet.
With three days passed since the hearing ended and a ruling required with a “reasonable time,” time is of the essence when it comes to the question of whether a settlement can be reached.
An eight-game ban looks like a best case scenario if the various legal analyses are to be believed, as it seems unlikely that his ban will be overturned if the NFL follows the letter of its law. It would be encouraging if the two sides were meeting, but they aren't.