The good feelings around the Cleveland Browns took a hit this afternoon, with an ESPN report indicating wide receiver Josh Gordon could be facing a one-year substance abuse suspension. According to the report, which comes from ESPN's Outside the Lines, Gordon failed a drug test "months ago" and, as it is his second positive test, it would lead to the one-year ban.
Gordon has previously been disciplined for using a cough syrup that contained a banned substance. The report indicates this failed drug test was for marijuana. Gordon also was suspended twice during his college career, reportedly for marijuana use on both occassions as well.
The Browns added cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel during yesterday's first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The excitement around the Browns was palpable, with concrete evidence in a huge spike in season ticket sales within the past 24 hours.
The ESPN report indicated that, when reached for a comment, Gordon stated, "That's something you're going to have to talk to [agent] Drew Rosenhaus about. I really don't know anything about it." Rosenhaus declined to comment, only stating that the report was "not true."
Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards last year, and became the first receiver in league history to record back-to-back 200-yard receiving games. Gordon was selected to the Pro Bowl following the season.