Josh Gordon could actually play in preseason games with the Cleveland Browns, and still be suspended indefinitely for failing a drug during the offseason.
Gordon’s hearing wrapped up Monday, and Cleveland.com Browns’ writer Mary Kay Cabot reported the verdict wouldn’t come down for one to three weeks.
The Browns open the preseason against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Saturday.
It’s possible Gordon and the NFL could reach a resolution before the independent arbitrator informs the Pro Bowler of his decision.
If Gordon is going to get a reduced sentence, a deal would have to be struck by the Gordon, and the league.
From CBS Sports:
“Under the collective bargaining agreement, hearing officer Harold Henderson is either supposed to suspend Gordon for the entire season or not suspend him at all, there’s no middle ground. However, according to ProFootballTalk, Gordon and the NFL can still come to a compromise on a suspension where Gordon would miss less than 16 games, but more than zero. The chance to compromise is off the table once Henderson makes his decision.”
Gordon’s appeal hearing started Friday, and lasted 10 hours. He returned to practice Monday and was excused for three hours to finish dealing with the matter.