September 17, 2014

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Report: Hearing set in late July for Browns WR Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

The Browns have been waiting two months for resolution regarding a possible suspension for All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon.

The wait should be over relatively soon.

Profootballtalk.com reported Thursday, citing a league source, that Gordon’s appeal hearing regarding a reported failed drug test is scheduled for late-July. The Browns open training camp July 26.

The report said the hearing wouldn’t be needed in the NFL and players union agree to a reduced suspension.

ESPN reported in May that Gordon faces another suspension for failing a marijuana test. When he returned last year from a two-game suspension — he was fined four game checks — for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, he said he was in stage 3 of the league’s drug program and the next violation would bring an indefinite suspension. He wouldn’t be allowed to apply for reinstatement until after a year.

With a reduced suspension, Gordon would likely be permitted to participate in training camp and the preseason. He did so last year before missing the first two games.

Gordon, 23, led the league last season with a franchise-record 1,646 receiving yards. He caught 87 passes and nine touchdowns.

Gordon practiced with the Browns throughout the offseason program but declined to speak with reporters following the report of the suspension.

Coach Mike Pettine said during a minicamp last month the team didn’t know when the league would rule but would appreciate resolution. The organization would like to finalize its plans at receiver — with or without one of its most talented players.

Gordon was ticketed for speeding over Memorial Day weekend, and one of the passengers in his car was given a citation for marijuana possession.

Contact Scott Petrak at 329-7253 or spetrak@chroniclet.com. Fan him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @scottpetrak.

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