Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) walks out of the locker room prior to the Browns

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon Feeling 'Draining Anxiety' Over Looming Suspension

It’s been 17, count them, 17 days since Josh Gordon met with an arbitrator in New York City to appeal his suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. His future is unknown, and it’s starting to take a toll on the Pro-Bowl wideout.

Gordon reportedly told linebacker Karlos Dansby that the suspension is causing him “draining anxiety,” according to USA Today Sports.

“Josh is real humble about his situation and I know it’s weighing on him heavy,” Dansby said. “It’s a stressful situation to have that looming over his head like that. Josh is in limbo. He just wants to know what the outcome will be.

“Just let him know and he can move on and be the best he can be.”

Perhaps this is why Gordon looked so disinterested during the Browns’ Monday Night Football loss to Washington. Gordon played well into the fourth quarter–high unusual for a player of his caliber and for a team that’s looking for an unknown wideout to emerge.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has been beating the drum for the NFL to act on the Gordon business. Florio’s argument is the Browns have a right to know–and he’s right. If Josh Gordon is suspended indefinitely, he can’t be reinstated for one calendar year. That means he’d miss most of next season’s training camp.

The substance-abuse policy requires that a decision be made within a “reasonable time.” Apparently 17 days falls within a “reasonable time.”

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