NFL Upholds Yearlong Ban Of Browns WR Josh Gordon

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 | 0


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon took the NFL by storm in 2013, catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He was poised to enter 2014 as one of the best wideouts in the game, but a yearlong ban was looming over his head after multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Gordon appealed the ban, which lead to a long, draw-out process that finally came to an end today. Just moments ago, FOX Sports 1’s Mike Garafalo broke the news that Gordon’s suspension has been upheld and the star will miss the entirety of 2014:

It’s a massive blow to the Browns, who head into the season under the guidance of new head coach Mike Pettine. The team recently decided to start veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer over hyped rookie Johnny Manziel, but Hoyer hasn’t exactly looked sharp in preseason action.

Both he and Manziel could have obviously used the presence of the dominant Gordon, but now his future with the Browns remains extremely up in the air. He’s no doubt one of the finest talents in the league, but his inability to stay on the field will have most teams very weary of signing the former Baylor standout.

With Gordon out, the Browns have precious few options at wideout; former Dallas Cowboys star Miles Austin and former Cincinnati Bengals slot man Andrew Hawkins leading their corps. It appears that the onus will now fall on tight end Jordan Cameron, who should receive a ton of targets after today’s announcement.

The Browns already had a tough task ahead of them with Gordon; without him, well, it could be a long season in Cleveland.

Unfortunately, that’s something that Browns fans have grown all too accustomed to in recent years.

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