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NFL Upholds Browns Josh Gordon Suspension

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Cleveland BrownsCleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss the entire NFL 2014 season following he announcement that the NFL has upheld the year long suspension he was given previously for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension is effective immediately and Gordon will have to apply for reinstatement next year.

Gordon issued an apology through the  NFL Players Association.

“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon said in the 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.”

Gordon appealed his suspension and plead his case before league arbitrator Harold Henderson on Aug. 4. This is not his first offense with the NFL.

Gordon set the Browns’ single-season franchise record with 1,646 receiving yards last year despite serving a two-game suspension at the beginning of the year. The breakout performance included one dazzling four-game stretch where Gordon had 36 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns.

The Browns conclude their preseason on Thursday, hosting the Chicago Bears and open the 2014 regular season traveling to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers.

The team opens the season with Brain Hoyer at quarterback, but he will do so with one less Pro Bowl caliber revceiver.

 

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