Cleveland Browns No. 1 wide receiver Josh Gordon has lost his appeal and will be suspended for the entire 2014 season, but at least he isn’t getting the standard year-long suspension. Gordon will be able to apply for reinstatement upon the conclusion of the regular season, so he won’t miss offseason activities in 2015, which is outstanding news. I mean, he’ll need all the reps he can get with Johnny Manziel, who will hopefully work his way to the starting job by that point in the future.
Mike Pettine and the Browns organization have shown nothing but support for Gordon, choosing to ignore the “cutting him will help” advice from the likes of Cris Carter; their belief seems to be that Gordon needs the organization’s help now more than ever. The first-year head coach continues to stand by his star receiver, as he reiterated his support for the Baylor product in a statement today.
He said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, “We will continue to support Josh and we understand that there is accountability for one’s actions. Our job and that of the team is to focus on what we can control.”
For now, the Browns will have to hope that Miles Austin can stay healthy, Andrew Hawkins can be everything they expect him to be out of the slot, and they will be keeping their fingers crossed for young guys like Charles Johnson and Chandler Jones.