After months of speculation, Browns fans finally gained some clarity with the news that Josh Gordon will have his appeal hearing for a reported failed drug test Aug. 1.
Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for a failed drug test during the offseason.
The report comes from ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, who tweeted the news early this morning.
Browns WR Josh Gordon is scheduled to meet in NYC with NFL officials regarding 1-year suspension he faces on Fri, Aug. 1, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2014
This raises an interesting question for the Browns.
The team will hold it’s first on-field practice on Saturday, July 26. The team can’t wear full pads until Monday July 28. Will Gordon be a part of those practices?
It will be interesting to witness how new head coach Mike Pettine treats his Pro Browl receiver in during the first week of practices.
Prior to the hearing date being reported, Pettine addressed the difficulties of planning around his star receiver.
“It is concerning and you want to address it, but until we know where he stands with the league we don’t know really where he stands with us. I’ve stated before that we’ve had the meetings, we’ve discussed all the options, from the best case to the worst case. And we’re still in that mode of waiting.”
There’s still talk about Gordon striking a deal for a reduced sentence, but long-time Cleveland sports personality Kendall Lewis is the only one speculating it could still happen.
I'm told that the Browns are hopeful that wide receiver Josh Gordon will be suspended for only 8 of the upcoming seasons games. We'll see.
— Kendall Lewis (@TheBSKsays) July 20, 2014
Gordon’s recent OVI isn’t supposed to factor into his appeal, but as ESPN Cleveland writer Tony Grossi said on his “Hey, Tony”podcast, it hast to be in the back of the NFL’s mind.
Gordon led the league in receiving last season with 1,646 yards. He missed the first two games of the season because of suspension.