Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will meet with NFL officials Aug. 1 in New York City to appeal his expected one-year suspension for violating the NFL drug policy.
Sources said the meeting will ultimately decide Gordon’s fate for the 2014 season.
Even if Gordon’s suspension is reduced, he will be out for Cleveland for a significant period of time as the league will have to take into account his past violations, which now include a DWI arrest earlier this month.
Last season, Gordon was suspended two games last season but still went on to lead the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said the league’s failure to formally announce Gordon’s punishment has affected the team’s preparation for next season.
“There’s certainly a level of frustration because we’ve known the news for so long,” Pettine said. “It’s just a holding pattern and I understand that the league has a process that they have to go through and there’s other things that they’re dealing with and we respect that.”
“But at the same time it is difficult because it really will affect our preparation for the season … We’re prepared for all of the eventualities, but the waiting is difficult,” he added.