Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon is appealing a suspension from the NFL and playing the waiting game regarding an outcome.
The patience of the Browns and their fans is being tested at least in part because an appeal hearing has yet to be scheduled, ProFootballTalk.com reported tonight.
On May 9, ESPN reported that Gordon tested positive for marijuana and faces a potential season-long ban as a result. A repeat offender of the league’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon is appealing in an effort to have the suspension reduced.
As the Browns’ mandatory minicamp wrapped up June 12, coach Mike Pettine said he expected the NFL to make a decision regarding Gordon's situation before the first full-squad practice of training camp starts July 26.
“I think that’s reasonable to say,” Pettine said. “We haven’t been given a date. I think, in fairness to us, the league would let us know. There’s no information as far as what the plans are to release it, but I think we’re all comfortable thinking that we should know before training camp starts.”
Because Gordon was suspended two games and docked four game checks last season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, he faces a potential yearlong ban from the league in the wake of his latest reported violation.
The clock is ticking.
If the NFL waits until mid-August, for example, to deliver a verdict on Gordon’s appeal and the outcome is a yearlong ban, he wouldn’t be able to be reinstated until mid-August 2015. That wouldn’t give him much time to prepare for the 2015 season.
It’s also possible that Gordon could reach a settlement with the NFL without a decision being made via the arbitration process. However, PFT reported no talks have occurred to date on a potential settlement.