Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could get kicked out of NFL for a year if he fails another drug test By Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer Follow on Twitter on June 08, 2013 at 10:30 PM, updated June 09, 2013 at 12:58 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon already has two strikes against him after testing positive for codeine in February, and could get kicked out of the NFL for at least a year if he fails a third drug test, league sources said Saturday.
Gordon's two-game suspension and four-game fine for the codeine -- which he said was contained in cough syrup prescribed for strep throat -- means he was already in Stage Two of the NFL's substance abuse program.
For a player to be suspended, he must have violated the policy at least one other time. That means that Gordon -- who failed three marijuana tests in college and was dismissed from Baylor and Utah -- has tested positive at least five times since October, 2010.
One more failed test and Gordon's storybook NFL career could be in serious jeopardy.
Gordon's positive test in February likely pushes him into Stage 3 of the program, according to league sources, where he faces banishment from the NFL for at least one calendar year if he fails another test.
A player kicked out of the league for substance abuse can apply for reinstatement after the year is up, and it's up to Commissioner Roger Goodell to decide if and when the player can return. Once a player reaches Stage 3, he remains there for the duration of his career.
Making the Leap, No. 8: Browns WR Josh Gordon By Marc Sessler Around the League Writer Published: July 27, 2013 at 04:44 p.m. Updated: July 27, 2013 at 10:44 p.m. Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 8 on the list: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon
Why Gordon is on the list
It's been eons since the Browns had an air attack of note. Wedged deep in Cleveland's collective memory, Bernie Kosar's sidearm ropes to Webster Slaughter still linger, but there's been little to cheer about since.
The star-crossed Browns finally might be on to something with Josh Gordon, the organization's first genuine deep threat in decades. Snatched up in last year's supplemental draft, Gordon's raw skills popped off the screen as a rookie.
A rangy, 6-foot-4 burner with 4.52 speed, Gordon can be mistaken for a one-trick pony: a deep threat and nothing else. But after watching his tape from last season, I'd argue Gordon has the tools to be a multidimensional, every-down receiver. Without the benefit of a full training camp in 2012 -- and saddled by Pat Shurmur's clunky offensive scheme -- Gordon still led the Browns in receiving yards (805), touchdowns (5), first downs (40) and targets (96).
Game after game, Gordon's soft hands were on display. His one-handed grab against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 recall the words of poet John Keats, who wrote: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
The highlights came almost immediately for Gordon. Just five weeks into his NFL career, Gordon smoked the Giants for two scores, including this electric 62-yard bomb from Brandon Weeden.
The positives on tape are obvious, but away from the field, Gordon is trailed by dark clouds.
Sounds minor at this point, but something to keep an eye on:
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon pulled out of practice with patellar tendinitis in knee Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer By Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer on July 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM, updated July 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who needs every rep he can get this preseason before serving his two-game suspension, was pulled out of practice Monday with patellar tendinitis in his knee.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said he's not too concerned about it, but every snap in training camp is vital Gordon, who will be banned from the facility from Sept. 2 through Sept. 16 for his positive codeine test.
What's more, Gordon was starting to come on strong in practice and impress the coaches with his determination.
Gordon, who came up limping on the first day of practice with what was later said to be a cramp, had been suffering from some discomfort in the knee, but planned to practice on it Monday. It's unknown if the tendinitis was related to the limping, which occurred after he dropped a long pass from Brandon Weeden.
"He started out, tried to push through it, but we sat him down for the rest of practice,'' said Chudzinski. "It shouldn't be too big of a deal.''
Chudzinski stressed that the injury was a pre-existing condition and not something that occurred in Monday's position drills.