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Charlie Brown
06-07-2013, 10:23 PM
LINK (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000210218/article/josh-gordon-suspended-two-cleveland-browns-games)

Fantasy football analysts might be forced to come up with a new breakout candidate. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended two games and fined four game checks for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

In a statement, Gordon said the drug was codeine, and he took it because it was part of the medicine prescribed by a doctor for strep throat.

"The policy terms are strict about unintentional ingestion, but the NFL has not imposed the maximum punishment in light of the facts of my case. Therefore, I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation," Gordon said in the statement. "I sincerely apologize for the impact on my team, coaches, and Browns fans. I look forward to working hard in training camp and preseason, and contributing immediately when I return in Week 3."

This isn't Gordon's first time running afoul of a drug test. A failed marijuana test at Baylor resulted in an indefinite suspension and ultimately led Gordon to declare for the 2012 Supplemental Draft after sitting out a year at Utah.

Gordon's suspension would have been longer if college tests carried over to the NFL, according to ESPNCleveland.com.

The suspension might have factored into the Browns' decision to pull the trigger on the Davone Bess trade. Per Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio, the rumor of Gordon's suspension had been making the rounds since before the 2013 NFL Draft in April.

"Obviously we are all disappointed in this news. In our short time with Josh, he has done everything that we've asked him to do, and he has exhibited substantial improvement," coach Rob Chudzinski said in a statement released by the team. "We believe that he will continue to work diligently through training camp and the preseason. I am confident that others will step up in his absence."

Easily the most talented of the Browns' receivers, Gordon demonstrated big-play ability en route to 805 yards and five touchdowns on 50 receptions as a rookie. Quarterback Brandon Weeden recently proclaimed Gordon "has the ability to be a top-three receiver in this league."

This is a wake-up call for a talented young player who entered the NFL with questions surrounding his character and substance abuse history.

hopedawg
06-08-2013, 07:42 AM
I don't get this suspension at all. He had a prescription.
Certainly every player having surgery goes home on pain meds - where's the difference?

roushmartin6
06-08-2013, 10:51 AM
Another stupid suspension, just like Virgil Green last year and his ADD medicine. If a doctor prescribes it, it should be ok. Now if its a shady doctor that no one has heard of that's different. Lesson learned, don't get sick in the NFL or lose a months pay

beastlyskronk
06-09-2013, 04:59 PM
He's not getting any leniency either, if he fails one more drug test he'll be suspended for an entire year.

BroncoFanNC
06-09-2013, 08:18 PM
"In February, I was diagnosed with strep throat for which a doctor prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine," he said in the statement. "Apparently, the medicine I took contained codeine, which is prohibited by the NFL policy. The policy terms are strict about unintentional ingestion, but the NFL has not imposed the maximum punishment in light of the facts of my case. Therefore, I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation. I sincerely apologize for the impact on my team, coaches, and Browns fans. I look forward to working hard in training camp and pre-season, and contributing immediately when I return in week three."

The NFL is prohibited by the collective bargaining agreement from revealing what players test positive for. Players can pin it on whatever they choose. One trend occurring in the NFL, according to sources, is for players to blame a positive steroid test on Adderall, which has a less negative connotation.

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He does have a history of marijuana pops, so it seems likely that could have been the real reason.

theMileHighGuy
06-09-2013, 11:14 PM
The NFL is prohibited by the collective bargaining agreement from revealing what players test positive for. Players can pin it on whatever they choose. One trend occurring in the NFL, according to sources, is for players to blame a positive steroid test on Adderall, which has a less negative connotation.

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He does have a history of marijuana pops, so it seems likely that could have been the real reason.

Interesting, didn't know that. I think the mary-jane case is more likely. Seems like he might have gotten more games than that... but who knows. He wasn't arrested for it so maybe that's all it is.