|Josh Gordon reinstatement "inevitable?" -- Tue Sep 9 9:26 am --|
Browns WR could end up playing in 2014
|ESPN Cleveland calls Josh Gordon's reinstatement to the NFL "inevitable." If a deal between the NFL and the union on a new drug policy is made, Gordon could get reinstated for some, if not all, of 2014. (ESPN Cleveland)|
FF Today's Take: There will likely be news on the new drug policy emerging today. This would make Gordon the top waiver wire add of Week 2 if the ban is somehow retroactively reduced or repealed.
|Welker, Gordon could have suspensions reduced -- Thu Sep 4 8:35 pm --|
NFL, NFLPA could come to agreement on new policy soon
|Broncos WR Wes Welker is suspended for the first four games of the season, and Browns WR Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire season. Both players have already appealed, and lost.
And yet thereís a chance that both players could still see their suspensions reduced. As Mike Florio reported on NBC, Welker, Gordon and potentially other players in the midst of suspensions could benefit from a new drug testing policy that the owners and players could agree upon soon. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Offseason use of amphetamines would move from the PED policy to the substance-abuse policy, which would allow Welker to get by without a suspension as a first-time offender. Another change is that the threshold to trigger a positive result on a marijuana test would rise. That would affect Gordon because his positive test was just barely above the NFLís current threshold. What it means is that Welker could be available sooner than expected and Gordon is worthy of a stash.
|Josh Gordon to miss the 2014 season -- Wed Aug 27 1:35 pm --|
|Josh Gordon will miss the entire 2014 season after the NFL upheld the Cleveland Browns star's yearlong suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. "I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Finally. You can cross Gordon of your re-draft cheatsheet for this season. The league will determine at a later date when Gordon is eligible to be reinstated. Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, and tight end Jordan Cameron will be the top three targets for the Browns' quarterbacks. Outside of Cameron, fantasy owners can avoid the Browns passing game.
|More trouble for Josh Gordon -- Sat Jul 5 4:00 pm --|
Browns' receiver charged with DWI
|Police say Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh. Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team is aware of Gordon's arrest and is disappointed. He didn't comment further.
Gordon, 23, could be facing a one-season NFL suspension for another failed drug test. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Gordon's appeal on a one-year ban was set to be head later this month. With another apparent infraction, it's likely Gordon won't be seeing the field in 2014 and perhaps beyond. His fantasy stock is at an all time low- off the the re-draft radar and perhaps off the dynasty league radar very soon.
|Josh Gordon decision expected in late July -- Thu Jul 3 5:55 pm --|
Substance-abuse violation; could sit out 2014 season
|With the NFL firing off suspensions today like shots from a Roman candle, some have wondered whether the next shoe will drop on the throat of Browns receiver Josh Gordon. But it will be happening sooner rather than later. Gordonís hearing, weíre told, has been scheduled for late July.
If Gordon is suspended for a year, the ban will start immediately. Itís possible that, with a reduced suspension, heíll be permitted to participate in training camp and the preseason. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Itís still possible that a hearing wonít be needed, if the NFL and the NFLPA work out a reduced suspension. Gordon reportedly faces a minimum one-year ban as a Stage 3 violator of the league's substance-abuse policy. The NFL has slow-played this decision for unknown reasons, but it appears Browns fans - as well as fantasy owners - will get some definitive resolution on this case around the start of training camp at the latest.