Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon is appealing a suspension from the NFL and playing the waiting game regarding an outcome.
The patience of the Browns and their fans is being tested at least in part because an appeal hearing has yet to be scheduled, ProFootballTalk.com reported tonight.
On May 9, ESPN reported that Gordon tested positive for marijuana and faces a potential season-long ban as a result. A repeat offender of the league’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon is appealing in an effort to have the suspension reduced.
Because Gordon was suspended two games and docked four game checks last season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, he faces a potential yearlong ban from the league in the wake of his latest reported violation.
The clock is ticking.
If the NFL waits until mid-August, for example, to deliver a verdict on Gordon’s appeal and the outcome is a yearlong ban, he wouldn’t be able to be reinstated until mid-August 2015. That wouldn’t give him much time to prepare for the 2015 season.
Gordon actually outscored Calvin Johnson in PPG (16.2 vs. 15.8) and finished as the top fantasy receiver in 2013 despite missing the first two games due to suspension. He’d be a no-brainer top 5 wideout heading into 2014 if not for his pending suspension. We currently have him projected to play eight games, but that may be optimistic.