May 21, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during organized team activities at Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

No Appeal Hearing Set for Josh Gordon


The Cleveland Browns season does not rest on the shoulders of one man. Yet for most Browns fans Josh Gordon‘s availability is decisive in how much hope they have for the team for this up coming season. Tell a fan that Gordon won’t be suspended and they believe the Browns will compete, and win, the AFC North. Tell a fan that Gordon is out for the year and they hope the team can reach 7 or 8 wins led by the defense and the running game. Unfortunately we just don’t know what is going on with Gordon. The news broke the second day of the draft that Gordon was going to be suspended (I remember as I was standing in line to get in to Radio City Music Hall getting the information via Twitter), yet here were are at the end of June with no definitive information on Gordon’s status.

Pro Football Talk came out yesterday and reported that there isn’t even an appeal set on the NFL calendar yet:

This could have a lot of meaning behind or none. Gordon has obviously started the appeal process, or he would of been suspended already. It could mean one or both sides needed more time to review and get evidence on their side. Often when cases like these do not go smoothly it is due to some type of problem on one side or the other. It could mean Gordon won’t get suspended for the entire year. It could mean he won’t be suspended at all. Or it could mean the NFL wants to make sure they have a seal tight case and won’t start the appeal process until they are ready to.

For the Browns timing seems important but really may not. His year long suspension is actually a indefinite suspension that he can apply for reinstatement after a year. There is no guarantee that he will be permitted back in the NFL or with the Browns upon completion of the year. His behavior during the year, in which he will be away from the team entirely will decide the consequences. His recent run in with the law where he was speeding and his friend had marijuana probably won’t help his case.

Either way it looks like no news is no news. The surprise and interesting thing is that there is nothing scheduled with the NFL. That means the appeal process officially has not started yet. This could play out for weeks more leaving the Browns in uncertainty. Browns fans will hope for the best and prepare for the worst, a talent we are very good at.

What are your thoughts on the Gordon process? Concerned? Encouraged?

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  • Josh Dragon

    My guess is he didn’t fail a test. Just a smoke screen to not get us browns fans excited for next season!

    • Jared Mueller

      Now that is a creative conspiracy theory. If it ends up with Gordon back on the field, and hopefully get the help he needs, I’ll buy it.

      • Josh Dragon

        It’s a long shot but I have a dream!

  • davewr58

    You know what? I think many of us are sick to death hearing about Gordon. Frankly, I think he should be cut. The chances are that he’ll not respond to the help he’s been getting and will be banned for life at some point. So why have the distraction for the team. Move on and wish him well. He is a marijuana junkie and can’t seem to “get it” regarding the rules. So he’ll probably end up flipping burgers to get his weed money.

    • Bill Waldron

      You my friend are a moron!!

      • davewr58

        No, obviously if that’s the only comment you can come up with … you are the moron.

  • Bill Waldron

    i dont really see what the big deal is anyway, so what if the guy wants to smoke a little pot big frigin deal, its a violent game. I dont think people really realize how violent the nfl is and how much damage is done to the bodies of these guys every week. if it helps smoke it!! Goddell needs to stop micro managing the players and worry about more important issues. Just think about THIS what harm is Gordon smoking pot causing you or me or anybody?? I mean the guy played 14 games last year and had more yards than any other receiver in the league, and was prolly smoking the entire year. You cant take that excitement away from NFL fans Goddell, C’mon Man!

    • Jared Mueller

      That argument is for before you break a rule. He knows the rule. If it gets changed more power to you and him. Until it does there are consequences for breaking rules. My job has rules about what I wear etc. I think a mature adult either follows the rules or accepts the consequences. Just my opinion.