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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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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no decision on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Per FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo, the NFL Players Union and Gordon's reps were expecting a decision by the end of this week. RapSheet says one isn't coming, however. The holdup is believed to be due to a high volume of testimony on both sides stemming from Gordon's latest failed drug test. Gordon failed several drug tests in college, as well. He'll remain in limbo until appeals officer Harold Henderson makes a decision. Hopefully, it'll happen next week. Aug 22 - 3:56 PM

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Profootballtalk reports there have been no settlement talks in the Josh Gordon case.

It's been two-plus weeks since Gordon's appeal was heard, but the sides have yet to come to the bargaining table. They still could, but it would seem to grow less likely by the day. Absent a settlement, Gordon is looking at an all-or-nothing proposition (16 games if the ruling is upheld, zero if it's not). Reports from last week suggested the case should be settled before the end of this week.
Aug 19 - 9:36 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine criticized Josh Gordon's effort in Monday's preseason game.

Gordon noticeably loafed on two targets against the Redskins. "There were a couple plays where I think ... that we would have definitely wanted better effort," Pettine said. "We would want regular season effort to match preseason effort." It's a convenient excuse, but it's quite possible Gordon's impending suspension is weighing on him. His appeal will supposedly be decided before the end of the week.
Aug 19 - 8:15 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Josh Gordon verdict may not be handed down before the end of next week.

Gordon's appeal hearing with Harold Henderson reportedly contained a high volume of testimony and evidence from both sides, leading to this lengthy delay. In standard 12-team drafts, we would begin considering Gordon in the 10th and 11th rounds, although that's obviously a high-risk approach. He's going to be eligible for eight games in a best case scenario, and there remains a realistic chance Gordon won't take the field at all this season.
Aug 14 - 7:41 PM

There is still no news or developments regarding Josh Gordon's appeal.

It's been eight days since Gordon's hearing ended, yet a ruling from Harold Henderson still hasn't been handed down. The reason for the delay is unknown. Owners drafting while Gordon remains in limbo can take a shot in the 10th or 11th round in hopes the suspension is reduced to eight games.
Aug 13 - 11:37 AM

Suspended WR Josh Gordon started Saturday night's preseason opener against the Lions and caught two passes for 32 yards.

Gordon was targeted four times. He, Miles Austin, and Andrew Hawkins made up Cleveland's three-wide set to open the game. Gordon is facing a year-long suspension, but top beat writer Tony Grossi seems to think there's at least a chance the NFL will "bend" on his punishment. Grossi brings up a scenario where even if Gordon gets a one-year ban, he'll be able to apply for reinstatement after eight games and work out with the Browns during the ban. There are obviously many moving parts here. We expect to know something soon.
Aug 10 - 11:44 AM

Profootballtalk reports the sides have yet to discuss a settlement in the Josh Gordon suspension appeal.

It means the case is still an all-or-nothing proposition for Gordon, who faces a year-long suspension or no ban at all if a settlement isn't reached. There's still time for the sides to hit the bargaining table, but it's not a great sign for Gordon that talks have yet to take place. It's possible the NFL isn't interested in a deal.
Aug 7 - 1:09 PM

Suspended WR Josh Gordon will play in the Browns' preseason opener against the Lions on Saturday night.

Gordon is eligible to play in exhibition games while his fate is contemplated by the NFL. Coach Mike Pettine said Gordon will be "mixed in" with both the backups and starters, perhaps playing a lot of snaps. The Browns are taking a business-as-usual approach while they await the league's decision on Gordon.
Aug 6 - 4:24 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "hoping for" a settlement in the Josh Gordon case, but are still expecting "at least" an eight-game suspension.

A source considers an eight-game ban the "best-case scenario." Per reporter Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns "certainly aren't counting on it." Absent a settlement, Gordon will be barred for at least one year if he loses his appeal. A decision is expected in 1-3 weeks.
Aug 5 - 10:03 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports suspended WR Josh Gordon is expecting a decision on his appeal in 1-3 weeks.

Gordon's hearing continued and concluded on Monday while he listened in via phone after practicing with the team. The 1-3 week timeframe is longer than most expected, and isn't exactly getting Gordon an answer in a "timely" fashion. It doesn't sound like we'll know anything this week. All we can do is wait.
Aug 4 - 6:41 PM

No decision is expected Monday on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal.

The hearing is still taking place in New York, with Gordon listening in via phone. We'll update when we get more information about Gordon's situation.
Aug 4 - 2:40 PM

Suspended WR Josh Gordon's appeal meeting with hearing officer Harold Henderson lasted almost ten hours Friday and will resume Monday in New York.

Henderson "shut it down" for the night after the sides met from 9:30AM until 7PM Friday. Henderson could theoretically reduce Gordon's one-year suspension, but such reductions are rare because "it's an appeal and it's meant to be rejected or confirmed." Currently trying the same "second-hand smoke" defense Gordon is now employing, Ravens S Will Hill lost his appeal of a six-game ban for violating the substance abuse policy earlier this offseason. Still, the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the fact that Friday's hearing lasted so long, and will continue Monday "would seem to indicate that Gordon has at least a chance for something other than the minimum one-year ban."
Aug 1 - 11:05 PM

A decision on Josh Gordon's year-long suspension appeal is not expected until Monday at soonest.

Gordon is in New York on Friday having his appeal heard by Harold Henderson, but no final decision will be made until commissioner Roger Goodell returns from this weekend's Hall of Fame festivities in Canton, Ohio. "Josh is going through the process right now," Goodell told reporters Friday. "I am not a part of that process. At some point in time, I may have an opportunity to be involved. When I am, I look forward to meeting with him."
Aug 1 - 3:10 PM

No decision on Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension is expected Friday.

Gordon's appeal will be heard by arbitrator Harold Henderson in New York on Friday, and then a decision will be handed down "soon." No NFL player is believed to have won an appeal with a second-hand smoke defense. Even if Gordon's legal team does win over Henderson, he could still face discipline for his July 4th weekend DWI. The hearing on that case is scheduled for Aug. 26.
Aug 1 - 8:39 AM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells there's a "slight chance" Josh Gordon could reach a settlement with the NFL where his one-year suspension is reduced.

Per PFT's Mike Florio, "Any deal presumably would entail a suspension for Gordon that lasts less than a year." This would be much better news for Gordon than the original notion of an "all or nothing" situation in Friday's appeal sitdown with hearing officer Harold Henderson, whereby either the one-year suspension would stand in full, or be erased. (The suspension isn't getting erased, by all accounts.) Florio reports "a ruling is expected fairly soon."
Jul 31 - 11:16 PM

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