The Cleveland Browns are the epitome of 'one step forward and two steps back'.
After having one of the most successful draft classes since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999, it looks like they could be on the verge of losing their best player for the entire 2014 NFL season.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension after a second failed drug test months ago, this time for marijuana, sources told "Outside the Lines" on Friday.
Two sources told "Outside the Lines" Friday that Gordon's latest violation is the result of marijuana being found during a drug test. One source said that Gordon received a letter in early winter from a league physician stating he had failed a test. A second letter, informing Gordon that he faced a 16-game suspension but had the right to appeal, was sent in late April.
Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Gordon told ESPN:
"That's something you're going to have to talk to [agent] Drew Rosenhaus about. I really don't know anything about it."
If this is true, it means the Browns will be without their best offensive weapon this year. Despite being suspended last season for two games for his first violation of the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy, Gordon led the Browns with 87 receptions and had nine touchdowns last season. He led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards and became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games.