Berea, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns will have to wait for the result of wide receiver Josh Gordon’s appeal to avoid a one-year minimum ban for another positive drug test before making their next move.
“I’m not exactly sure of his exact itinerary there, who he’s meeting with,” coach Mike Pettine said.
Pettine wouldn’t even say if Gordon would be back for Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the University of Akron. The Browns have practiced without Gordon for two days.
Gordon faces the ban for a positive marijuana test in the offseason. According to sources, Gordon will claim during the hearing that it was caused by second-hand smoke due to the differences in numbers among urine samples.
Commissioner Roger Goodell was not at the hearing but said he’d be happy to meet with Gordon if needed.
“I’m being 100 percent honest when I say we really haven’t been thinking about it,” receiver Andrew Hawkins said of Gordon’s absence during training camp.
“There are so many other things to worry about at this point,” Hawkins said. “I’m wishing for the best for Josh. Obviously, we’d love to have him and that’s what we’re hoping for.”