Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon isn't allowed to play in the Canadian Football League as long as he's under contract with an NFL team.
Gordon would like to play for the CFL's Calgary Stampede this year while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy, a source familiar with the situation said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
However, a CFL rule won't let that happen.
On Thursday, CFL spokesman Jamie Dykstra told the Beacon Journal no player under contract with an NFL team can play in the CFL. The Browns have Gordon under contract for two more seasons.
The CFL's rule was adopted in 2006 after running back Ricky Williams played that season for the Toronto Argonauts, Dykstra said. Williams was suspended by the NFL and under contract with the Miami Dolphins at the time.
Wide receiver LaVon Brazill is serving an NFL suspension just like Gordon. But Brazill was allowed to recently sign with the Argonauts because he is no longer under contract with an NFL team. The Indianapolis Colts cut him July 11.