Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns could lose their top receiver Josh Gordon to a season-long suspension due to a failed drug test, according to sources.
Sources said Gordon tested positive for marijuana during a test taken months ago. Gordon was suspended without pay for two games and two additional game checks last season for his earlier violation of the league’s policy.
“That’s something you’re going to have to talk to [agent] Drew Rosenhaus about. I really don’t know anything about it,” Gordon said when asked about the suspension
Asked whether he planned to dispute the test, Gordon said, “I’m going to have to find out about that later. You need to call Drew.”
Rosenhaus declined to comment but said the information was “not true.”
The 23-year-old Gordon was expected to be the top target for Brian Hoyer or rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel this season.
He led the Browns with 87 receptions and had nine touchdowns. He led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards and became the first player with consecutive 200-yard receiving games.
Gordon said last year’s suspension was the result of him using cough syrup that contained codeine — a banned substance.
Two sources said Gordon received a letter in early winter from a league physician stating he had failed a test. A second letter, informing Gordon that he faced a 16-game suspension but had the right to appeal, was sent in late April.
Gordon had drug-testing problems in college, as well. He was dismissed from the team at Baylor after being suspended twice for marijuana use. He transferred to Utah but didn’t play there after failing another drug test.
Gordon is considered the star on an offense that added Manziel on Thursday night with the 22nd selection in the first round of the NFL draft.