Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) declared Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon ineligible to play because of his one-year suspension in the National Football League (NFL).
According to a CFL official who requested anonymity, under its rules, Gordon would not be eligible to play because teams are prohibited from signing a suspended player of any league who is under contract with his league.
It was earlier reported that Gordon would explore the possibility of playing in the CFL for the remainder of its season.
However, an NFL source said provisions in his Browns contract would prevent him from doing so.
The NFL announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordon’s 2014 season suspension for a failed test for marijuana. Gordon is a repeat offender of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The Pro Bowler had appealed the ruling and met with Henderson and other league officials in New York on Aug. 4.
During his suspension, Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns, attend team meetings or other club functions.
He is under the NFL’s treatment program, which would include counseling and random drug testing.