Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2014 season after losing out on his appeal, which took much longer than we anticipated. Gordon’s ban was initially thought to be a year-long ban that would prevent him from participating in just about all of the Browns offseason activities in 2015, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to the USA Today’s excellent Tom Pelissero, Gordon can actually apply for reinstatement at the end of the season, so it isn’t a true year-long ban for the Browns playmaker.
This is the one bit of good news for Gordon and the Browns, otherwise 2015 would have also been a rough year for him (at least initially). I mean, missing out on a full season of action is already bad enough, so a year-long ban would have been over-the-top. That ban is generally standard, but the fact that his suspension technically starts today would have really hurt him next season under that scope due to a lack of preparation. Now, he’ll have more time to continue to adjust to a new staff and Johnny Manziel, who will hopefully start next year.
Gordon needs to get things back on track in the meantime, because another setback during his time away from the team (being away from the team makes things more difficult) could be catastrophic for his career track.