CLEVELAND – Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril.
The Browns learned Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season.
The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds.
The league announced that arbitrator Harold Henderson supported Gordon’s yearlong suspension for marijuana use. The Pro Bowler, who was subject to more frequent testing, will begin serving his suspension immediately.
I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans, Gordon said in a statement. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff.
Colts starters to see little time tonight
There’s no incentive for the Colts and the Bengals to play their starters much in the final preseason game. They’ve done so well that both teams are feeling good about the regular season. The Colts (0-3) and the Bengals (1-2) will be looking mostly at competition for backup spots tonight at Paul Brown Stadium.
Around the league
St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher remains angry over an ESPN report that dealt in part with the showering habits of defensive end Michael Sam by ESPN reporter Josina Anderson. Cincinnati Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict signed a three-year contract extension through 2017 that will pay him a maximum of $20.05 million.
Kansas City signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn to help stabilize their shaky offensive line while waiving reserve offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk. Cam Newton says he feels great and there’s no doubt in his mind he’ll be ready to play in Carolina’s season opener Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay.
Arizona signed Tommy Kelly, two days after he was cut by the New England Patriots. DeMarcus Ware won’t play in his first visit to Dallas almost six months after the Cowboys released their franchise sack leader and he signed with Denver.