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Josh Gordon | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: Baylor
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon will be able to attend the Browns' facility during his ten-game suspension.
The Browns reportedly pushed hard for Gordon to be allowed to attend meetings and work out in the team weight room, which makes sense because he seems like a young player in need of a constant support system. Fantasy owners can continue to cling to Gordon, but we suspect he'll end up getting dropped in most normal-sized leagues during bye-week crunches. He'll be eligible in Week 12. Sep 15 - 5:05 PM

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According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Josh Gordon "has been notified" his suspension will be reduced from 16 to 10 games, "pending final approval" of the NFL's new drug policy. has now joined the Plain Dealer and ESPN's Adam Schefter in reporting Gordon's suspension will indeed be ten games, reduced from 16. The new substance abuse policy reduced the ban. PFT's Mike Florio reports Gordon will be subject to another two-game suspension stemming from his offseason DUI arrest, but Florio considers it "unlikely" that the additional ban will be enforced during the 2014 season. So Gordon's projected return date this year is November 23 against the Falcons. That's Week 12.
Sep 12 - 11:31 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms Josh Gordon's suspension is expected to be reduced from 16 to 10 games under the NFL's new drug policy.

The drug policy has not yet been formally agreed upon, but all signs point to a deal being hammered out shortly. Schefter's report confirms the initial story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Gordon isn't going to be eligible to play until Week 12, and based on coach Mike Pettine's comments from today, it sounds like the Browns aren't even entirely sure he'll rejoin them then.
Sep 12 - 10:14 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Josh Gordon will be suspended ten games under the terms of the NFL's new drug policy.

It's two more games than expected, but at least Gordon will be available, technically, in Weeks 12-17 for the Browns. That assumes he makes no mistakes during the ten-game ban, and no more games are tacked on for his offseason DUI arrest. We suspect fantasy owners will have a tough time hanging onto Gordon as bye-week crunches set in, but it's certainly worth trying in 12- and 14-team leagues. Gordon was already suspended for Week 1, and the Browns' bye is in Week 4, so the projected return date is Week 12. Asked Friday whether he thinks Gordon will rejoin the Browns at any point this year, coach Mike Pettine responded "I'll believe it when I see it."
Sep 12 - 4:26 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine expressed some skepticism Friday that Josh Gordon will rejoin the team after his eight-game suspension is through.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that Gordon's ban is expected to dip from 16 to eight games pending the approval of a new drug policy. "I'll believe it when I see it," were Pettine's words. The Browns likely view anything they get from Gordon as a 2014 bonus. Fantasy owners should have the same approach.
Sep 12 - 1:26 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon's suspension is expected to be reduced to eight games once the new drug policy is approved as early as Friday afternoon.

It's exactly what FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Thursday evening. We'd obviously expect Gordon to qualify for time already served, so he'd likely be back for Week 10 against the Bengals. Owners who can afford to stash Gordon at the end of their bench would have him in time for a few weeks of the regular season and the fantasy playoffs. We hope to have final word sometime Friday.
Sep 12 - 10:34 AM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo predicts an eight-game suspension for Josh Gordon if the NFL and NFLPA agree to a new drug policy.

Garafolo's "educated guess" is based on information from a variety of sources. Garafolo emphasizes that things are changing "minute to minute." ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported the sides would like to reach an agreement by Thursday evening, but it's not considered a slam dunk.
Sep 11 - 5:09 PM

Appearing on ESPN's NFL Insiders Thursday, Adam Schefter reported Josh Gordon would still be looking at a suspension in the event of a new drug agreement, possibly in the range of 6-10 games.

Per Schefter, the NFL and NFLPA are hoping to finalize a new agreement by Thursday evening. It's suspected Wes Welker's ban will be wiped out, but Gordon's case is trickier since his positive test came during the 2013 league year. At the end of the day, we're unlikely to know Gordon's fate before the league makes an official announcement. There's simply too much conflicting information right now.
Sep 11 - 4:08 PM

The vote among NFLPA reps on a new drug policy is not expected until Friday at the earliest.

Josh Gordon, Wes Welker and other recently suspended players remain in limbo. The union is awaiting a response from the league to its latest recommendations before they actually hold their vote, and the league office is a engulfed with the Ray Rice scandal right now. The two sides appear close on a deal, but there are "issues with language on multiple issues, including commissioner authority in the appeals process." Gordon remains worth stashing in all formats even though this isn't going to get sorted out before Sunday.
Source: USA Today
Sep 11 - 9:16 AM

ESPN Cleveland calls Josh Gordon's reinstatement to the NFL "inevitable."

To be clear, ESPN Cleveland has no sources on this and is merely speculating. But a deal between the NFL and the union on a new drug policy could come as soon as this week. As part of that deal, players recently suspended for violations (that would no longer warrant suspensions) are expected to get their bans retroactively reduced or repealed. Gordon would still be facing a two-game suspension for the DWI he got on July 5, but the union doesn't want punishment until due process as part of the new pact. The Browns have not cleaned out Gordon's locker since his 16-game suspension was announced.
Sep 9 - 8:57 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Browns owner Jimmy Haslam nixed a Josh Gordon-to-49ers trade last season.

The front office, led by CEO Joe Banner, wanted to deal Gordon to the 49ers for a second-round pick in addition to "other players," while coach Rob Chudzinski and his staff wanted to hold onto Gordon. Haslam was the tiebreaker. It means nothing now, but we found it notable and interesting nonetheless. Of course, neither Banner nor Chudzinski are no longer employed by Haslam.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 7 - 9:28 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes there's a "better than 50 percent chance" of Josh Gordon playing this season.

The NFL and NFLPA are working on a new drug policy that could seek to reverse suspensions that occurred this year. It potentially allows for Gordon and Wes Welker to be reinstated or see their bans reduced. There's currently several sticking points between the sides, however, and retroactively applying changes is a small part of larger negotiations. Gordon should continue to be stashed in all leagues until the situation works itself out. The earliest a new policy will be finalized is Monday or Tuesday.
Sep 6 - 6:39 PM

ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill reports Josh Gordon (suspended) has no plans to sue the NFL.

"The whole being in limbo thing, I'm over it," Gordon said. "I'm not waiting on the edge of my seat anymore." If Gordon had sued the NFL to overturn his year-long suspension, he could have been awarded a preliminary injunction that would have allowed him to play while the case was being litigated. Gordon could still see his suspension reduced or wiped away completely if the NFLPA and NFL are able to agree on a new drug policy. Gordon remains a stash-and-pray fantasy option.
Sep 6 - 10:40 AM

NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith confirmed the union will seek to reverse suspensions that occurred this year as part of a potential new deal with the league on performance-enhancing drugs.

"We don't want players to suffer because the union and league couldn't get it done before the league year," Smith said. He's essentially referring to Josh Gordon, who is suspended indefinitely for failed drug tests, and Wes Welker, who is suspended four games for amphetamines. It's a glimmer of hope for both players, but it's small part of a much larger negotiation with tons of moving parts as the two sides try to revamp the overall policy. The talks have been described as "fragile." At this point, Gordon remains a stash-and-pray kind of fantasy option.
Sep 6 - 1:04 AM

Appearing on NBC's NFL Kickoff 2014, Profootballtalk's Mike Florio reported Josh Gordon and Wes Welker's suspensions could be reduced or "go away completely" if the NFL and NFLPA agree on a new drug policy.

According to's Albert Breer, Sunday is a "soft deadline" for an agreement. The Washington Post has since confirmed PFT's report. The sides have been trying to hammer out a pact that would allow testing for HGH. As a concession, the league would then raise the threshold for positive marijuana tests, and move amphetamines from the PED policy to substance-abuse policy. First-team substance abuse violations do not mandate a suspension. The situation is still very much up in the air, but it appears Gordon is worth stashing.
Sep 4 - 7:51 PM

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