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NFL roundup: Appeal hearing for Gordon in July

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On a day where the NFL announced a handful of suspensions for players who violated the league's substance abuse policy, there still was no resolution to the fate of Cleveland Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon.

But some progress was made Thursday, according to ProFootballTalk.com, which reported Gordon's appeal hearing will take place in late July. Gordon reportedly tested positive for marijuana and faces a season-long suspension.

Browns coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal that he expects the league to hand down a decision before training camp begins on July 26.

"I think that's reasonable to say," Pettine told the Beacon Journal on June 12 as mandatory minicamp wrapped up. "We haven't been given a date. I think, in fairness to us, the league would let us know. There's no information as far as what the plans are to release it, but I think we're all comfortable thinking that we should know before training camp starts."

The 23-year-old Gordon had a breakout season last year despite being suspended two games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Gordon made 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

It is possible that a hearing will not be needed if the league and players union work out a reduced suspension. If Gordon is suspended for a year, the ban will start immediately. A reduced suspension means Gordon might be allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason.

---Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Jordan, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013, recently said he had gained 17 pounds of muscle compared to last season, according to ESPN.com. He posted just 26 tackles and two sacks in limited playing time as a rookie.

"We were disappointed to learn about Dion's suspension," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. "Dion has accepted responsibility for his actions and is committed to improving, both on and off the field, in preparation for the upcoming year."

Jordan will be eligible to return to the Dolphins' active roster on Monday, Sept. 29 following the team's Sept. 28 game against the Oakland Raiders. Jordan is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

---The NFL suspended Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill for at least one year without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Brazill previously was suspended in 2013 for the Colts' first four games for allegedly violating the same policy. He came back to play in 10 games, compiling 161 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2012, he made 11 receptions and scored once.

---Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The 25-year-old Watkins played three games for the Chiefs in 2013, making one start at left guard. He was a fifth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2012.

Watkins would be eligible to return after the Chiefs' Sept. 29 Monday night game against the New England Patriots.

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