Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will likely miss several games (maybe all of them) this season after reportedly testing positive for marijuana but he is not expected to miss a snap this week during the Browns' organized team activities.
Head coach Mike Pettine said Gordon will participate in OTAs, and added he had not heard anything from the NFL regarding the Pro Bowl receiver’s suspension.
"That's the expectation," Pettine told Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Caobt at the Positive Coaching Alliance breakfast Monday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Drew Rosenhaus, Gordon’s agent, is reportedly in the process of appealing the discipline, which could be an indefinite suspension. If that occurs, Gordon will have to apply for reinstatement with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Regardless, the Browns are likely going to be without Gordon for a long time. Once he is suspended, he will be subjected to random drug tests, and any violation will delay Gordon’s return to the NFL.
Cleveland recently signed receivers Miles Austin (Cowboys) and Earl Bennett (Bears). Neither player is currently on Gordon’s athletic level, but are solid options this until Gordon returns in 2015, or Cleveland obtains a franchise receiver next offseason.
For now, Gordon will catch passes from Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel this week.
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