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Browns' Gordon one failed drug test from ban

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One more strike, and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said he's out of the NFL.

Gordon, who was reinstated from a two-game suspension for testing positive for codeine, said Monday he faces a one-year suspension and a petition for potential reinstatement if he fails another test.

"For the simple fact that there's no chances,'' Gordon said. "There's not too many chances really left out there, no room for mistakes for me. It's either get it right or that's it."

Gordon reportedly failed three marijuana tests in college and has two violations since entering the NFL as a second-round supplemental draft pick in 2012.

"It's a big deal,'' he said. "I know it was a looming-type cloud just behind me of negativity, so I'm glad to be back on the field and hopefully more people can focus on that."

Gordon said he's relying mostly on his family for support, but has also encountered other trouble off the field. During training camp, Gordon was ticketed for driving 98 mph in a 60-mph zone.

The Browns need his speed on the field.

Gordon became quarterback Brandon Weeden's favorite target last season, helping open running lanes because defensive backs had to track him 20-30 yards from the line of scrimmage. Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards as a rookie in 2012, averaging 46 yards on his five touchdowns.

But he's brand new to offensive coordinator Norv Turner's system and must earn his way into the good graces of first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski.

"It's important that Josh understands what my expectations are. I've talked to him about that," Chudzinski said. He understands accountability and I expect him to work and do everything he can to be the very best player he can be in the meantime and we'll go from there."
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