FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio. Gordon says the only place he can find peace is on the football field. His time there could be running short. The Browns' star receiver is awaiting word from the NFL on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse program. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season
By TOM WITHERS
| The Associated Press
First Published Aug 27 2014 11:08 am • Last Updated Aug 27 2014 11:28 pm
Cleveland • Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gordon’s suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season.
Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.
The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon’s case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.
Gordon’s loss is a crippling blow to Cleveland’s offense, depriving the Browns of their best big-play threat. He averaged 18.9 yards per catch in 2013.
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