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Josh Gordon suspended for Browns vs. Ravens; Reportedly skipped practice

The Browns will be without Josh Gordon while playing a rookie QB in his first start.

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Things continue to spiral out of control for the Cleveland Browns after one of the best starts the franchise has had in memory. Currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak after a 7-4 start, Cleveland has announced that All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the regular-season finale at Baltimore for a violation of team rules.

This has been a season to forget for Gordon, who missed the first 10 games of the season for failing a drug test in the offseason that nearly cost him the entire season. It might have been better if it did, as Gordon has just 24 catches for 303 yards and no touchdowns in five starts this season.

Per Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, Gordon missed practice on Saturday, leading to his suspension. Gordon has a history of off-field problems and prior to this year's suspension, he served a suspension last year for testing positive for codeine.

The Browns promoted Phil Bates from the practice squad to the active roster, with Gordon placed on the reserve-suspended list. This is Bates' first NFL season out of Ohio University. He had a previous stint with the Seattle Seahawks.

This will undoubtedly make life easier for the Ravens, who have lost several defensive backs to season-ending injuries throughout the season, to the point that reserve safeties and guys signed off the street are getting significant reps at cornerback.

The Browns are also starting rookie quarterback Connor Shaw, who hasn't played a single snap during the regular season.