December 19, 2014

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ESPN Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon faces indefinite suspension for another failed drug test

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP File Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in a game last season. (AP File Photo/Colin E. Braley)

BEREA — Browns fans had less than 24 hours to enjoy the first day of the NFL Draft that included the selection of quarterback Johnny Manziel.

With the second round set to start tonight, ESPN reported Browns All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon could face a second suspension after failing a drug test for marijuana. The report cited unnamed sources.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus declined to comment but told ESPN the information was “not true.”

The Browns referred comment to the league, which didn’t immediately respond to a message. Rosenhaus declined comment when reached by The Chronicle-Telegram.

Gordon was suspended for two games without pay to start last year and fined an additional two game checks. Because he’s in stage 3 of the NFL drug policy, Gordon would face an indefinite suspension from the league. He could apply for readmission after a year.

“That’s something you’re going to have to talk to Drew Rosenhaus about,” Gordon told ESPN when reached by phone. “I really don’t know anything about it.”

He was then asked if he planned to appeal.

“I’m going to have to find out about that later. You need to call Drew,” he said before hanging up.

Despite the suspension last year, Gordon led the NFL with a franchise-record 1,646 yards receiving in 14 games. He led the Browns with 87 catches and nine touchdowns.

Gordon claimed last year’s suspension was for taking prescription cough medicine that included codeine, a banned substance. But Gordon failed multiple tests for marijuana at college and was dismissed from Baylor after two suspensions.

A source told ESPN Gordon received a letter in winter from a league physician telling him he failed a test. A second letter, sent in late April, informed him of the suspension.

The Browns traded out of the No. 4 pick Thursday night for first- and fourth-round picks in 2015. Buffalo used the fourth pick on Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, who could’ve replaced Gordon as Cleveland’s No. 1 wideout.

The Browns have the 35th and 71st picks tonight, and were expected to take a receiver even before the news of the Gordon suspension.

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