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Even on July 4, the Factory is open: Here’s what you need to know before you head to your cookout:
The NFL suspended three players Thursday, bringing the total number of players who will miss the 2014 campaign to 10. While a few players got sacked, Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon lived to play another day.
The Pro Bowler didn’t hear any news regarding the suspension clouds looming over his head, but could soon, according to Pro Football Talk.
Writer Mike Florio said Gordon’s appeal hearing won’t be taking place until late July, if it even gets to that date. Florio said the NFLPA could negotiate Gordon a reduced sentence.
It’s still possible that a hearing won’t be needed, if the NFL and the NFLPA work out a reduced suspension. Gordon reportedly faces a minimum banishment of one year for his latest violation of the substance-abuse policy.
Dawg Pound Daily made some good points regarding the players who were suspended Thursday. All of those guys were busted for performance enhancers, while it’s been speculated Gordan used a recreational substance.
If Gordon gets a reduced sentence, it will mark the second time in as many years he had a suspension shortened. Remember, he missed two games–not four–in 2013 for violating the league’s drug policy.
• Andrew Wiggins is still months away from playing his first Cavs game, but the Branding Train has waisted no time leaving the station. The NBA’s No. 1 pick took to Twitter to announce his website launched.
• Want to tell time like Johnny Football? Now’s your chance, because Heritage Auctions will accept bids on the Rolex Johnny Manziel wore to the 2013 ESPYS.
• The Indians signed Mike Papi, the No. 38 player chosen in last month’s draft. The 21-year-old slugger went deep into the College World Series playing with Virginia.
MLB.com’s Jim Callis confirmed that Papi received a signing bonus worth $1.25 million, which is below the suggest slot value ($1,495,400) for the 38th pick this year.
The Indians’ inability to produce and develop a power hitter is no secret. Papi received plus power grades from Baseball America, so there’s always hope.