Browns receiver Josh Gordon facing season-long suspension

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is reportedly facing a season-long suspension from the NFL after...

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is reportedly facing a season-long suspension from the NFL after testing positive for drugs. (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon faces a season-long suspension for a positive marijuana test, his second violation of the NFL policy, according to an ESPN "Outside the Lines" report Friday.

Gordon told the network he was unaware of the report and directed all questions to Drew Rosenhaus, who said the information was not true.

Gordon, 23, is the top playmaker on the roster. The Browns passed on two wide receivers in the top 10 of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday, dealing their initial pick to the Buffalo Bills, who drafted Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

Gordon was suspended last season without pay for two games, but returned to catch 87 passes for 1,646 yards, including back-to-back 200-yard games in 14 regular-season games.

Upon returning from this 2013 suspension, Gordon said the "banned substance" he was suspended for using was cough syrup that contained codeine.

"Accountability is a big issue," Gordon said last July. "We're definitely planning for the future. I can't really sit back and just think about the past. We're really looking forward to what we can do from here on out."

Davone Bess, who was the second leading pass catcher among wide receivers for Cleveland in 2013 with 42, was released.

Gordon led the Browns with 805 receiving yards as a rookie. He was dismissed from Baylor following two failed drug tests and entered the supplemental draft in 2012.


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