Today is a very disappointing day for Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. After waiting and waiting (and waiting) for a ruling, it is now clear: the Cleveland Browns will be without their most dangerous offensive weapon this year. Gordon has been suspended for one year by the NFL.
Gordon, who had been appealing the suspension had hoped “loopholes” may work in his favor, but today it was revealed that he’ll miss a full year (not 16 games.) While Gordon’s teammates are participating in OTA’s and mini-camp, Gordon will have to refrain.
Many are critical of the timing here. If the ruling had come down a few weeks ago, Gordon would still be able to partake in most of training camp next season. With it coming down now, that isn’t the case. In addition to that, Gordon can’t be around the team facility either during his suspension, something the team was hoping for. It will be a year of uneasiness as Gordon is away from the team, especially since off the field issues are the reason for this suspension in the first place.
Obviously this majorly affects the Browns team from a win-loss standpoint. Newly-anointed starter Brian Hoyer will be without 2013’s NFL leading receiver and will turn to the likes of rising Tight End Jordan Cameron and new (to them) Wide Receivers Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson. If things go poorly, a ripple-effect could occur, with Hoyer potentially losing the job, and rookie Johnny Manziel being thrust into action, perhaps sooner than the Browns and Head Coach Mike Pettine would prefer.
From here, it sounds as if there aren’t any avenues for reinstatement for Gordon, so the immediate plan for Gordon is to abide and serve his suspension. In the end, this isn’t the closure that Gordon or the Browns were hoping for, but at least they can begin the process of moving on.
Gordon’s statement on the ruling can be found here.
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