According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for one season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Gordon lost his appeal and is now scheduled to miss the entire season as there is now no chance for him to return.
Gordon and his camp participated in an appeal session in front of arbitrator Harold Henderson earlier this month and he felt he has posed some serious issues that would lead to his suspension being reduced if not lifted entirely. Gordon was wrong on both counts.
There goes the Browns offense, literally. Gordon WAS the offense for the Browns last season. In just 14 games last year, Gordon hauled in 87 passes for 1,646. That was over 40 percent of the Browns offense through the air. Over 40 percent!
His absence is going to be sorely missed and regardless of it is Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel under center, the Browns are not going have the same aerial attach from a season ago. They will now need to rely on the running skills of Ben Tate and rookie Terrence West. Their best threat in the passing game now is tight end Jordan Cameron.