May 21, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during organized team activities at Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Why Browns’ WR Josh Gordon Hasn’t Been Suspended Yet

There’s been no news regarding a looming suspension for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon ever since ESPN reported in May that the Pro Bowler could miss the 2014 season after failing another drug test.

It’s June 24, and the hammer’s yet to fall on Gordon, who set a Browns franchise record for single-season receiving yards (1,646) last season.

No news is good news when it comes to a suspension because the NFL isn’t going to hold a press conference they are going to suspend a player. The league just won’t do anything, and the player will continue to play.

But with Gordon, a suspension looked imminent, so why has nothing happened yet?

According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, a player can’t be suspended before first having an appeal hearing. He added that such a hearing has yet to be scheduled.

“That hasn’t happened, yet. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, an appeal hearing has not yet been placed on the calendar.”

It’s been reported by that Gordon is in Stage 3 of the NFL’s drug program, which would mean a year-long suspension.

Gordon participated in the team’s organized team actives earlier in the month, and it was reported head coach Mike Pettine was getting frustrated by the league’s inactivity when it comes resolving the Gordon problem.

But there has been speculation about Gordon could get a reduced sentence.

Do you still expect Gordon to be suspended for the entire 2014 season?

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  • Joe

    Indecisiveness is seldom appreciated, but sometimes beneficial.
    Nonetheless, this is getting ridiculous.
    Maybe the NFL is getting ready to change some things.
    Ostracizing the player, a kid really, cannot help future compliance.
    Deterrence only works when there is a conscious choice involved.
    Gordon’s repeated infractions indicate he is someone who cannot control his impulses.
    This “problem” may not be drug-related at all.
    It may be something entirely different.
    We do not know what is going on, and we do not understand.
    Maybe the NFL knows a lot more; I hope so.

    • Jared Mueller

      Its crazy right…. So unusual that it seems like something has to be going on… Hopefully its awesome for the Browns but Gordon really does get help he needs

  • Leo Dougherty

    Nope. I don’t see him being suspended for an entire season. Don’t know really why. I just don’t.