The Cleveland Browns have been one of the surprise NFL teams of 2014, and they're about to make as big of a midseason acquisition as a team could make. All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon is set to return to the team in Week 12 following a 10-game suspension for a failed drug test, and his first game will come against the Atlanta Falcons.
Gordon was suspended two games last season, and he still went on to lead the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards, but an offseason failed drug test originally led to a season-long suspension. He also was hit with a DWI arrest over the summer, but after the NFLPA and NFL reached a settlement, Gordon won't face any additional punishment for it.
Per ESPN, Gordon will return to the team with no restriction the minute Week 12 begins.
The NFL told ESPN via email that Gordon, arguably the game's best receiver last season, can rejoin his team Monday morning.
"(He) will be clear to resume normal activities without restriction," AFC director of football communications Jon Zimmer said.
As for tight end Jordan Cameron, he's still dealing with a concussion that will cause him to miss Week 11 vs. the Houston Texans. Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted he's not 100% sure Cameron will return this season from his concussion, his third in less than two years.
"You don't know,'' said Pettine. "It's a tricky thing. You can have a guy be without symptoms for a day or two, then it comes back. It's obviously a touchy subject and I defer very much to (trainer Joe Sheehan) and the medical staff as far as where a guy is. It's clear that some will take longer than others.''
Also, the Browns will be without defensive lineman Phil Taylor for the rest of the season as the former first-round draft pick was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Taylor will need surgery for an undisclosed problem with his right knee, which he suffered during the fourth quarter of the team's Week 10 win over Cincinnati. He had surgery on the right knee earlier this season and missed four games, but Pettine said the two injuries are not related.