It looks like Browns receiver Josh Gordon will have his suspension changed by the NFL to miss only 10 games, not the full season as originally planned.
Breaking: Under terms of the new policy, #Browns Josh Gordon will be suspended for 10 games, a league source tells http://t.co/9CJgNAeo7v— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 12, 2014
From @RapSheet and me: If new drug policy passes, Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension will be cut to 10 games. (@MaryKayCabot 1st reported).— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 12, 2014
It was reported earlier that Gordon was facing an eight-game suspension. It's possible that Gordon's pending DWI case has something to do with two games getting added on, though Mark Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says two more games could get tacked on for said DWI.
#Browns Josh Gordon's DWI hearing is Nov. 18 in Raleigh, N.C. If he's convicted, that would be 2 more games out for a total of 12.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 12, 2014
If the NFL and NFLPA approve the new drug policy, Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon could have his season-long suspension overturned. The vote will possibly take place on Friday, according to NFLPA spokesman George Atallah, and players suspended in the new league year could have their bans revised or rescinded.
According to Adam Schefter, Gordon is facing an 8-game suspension:
When a new drug policy is approved as early as this afternoon, Josh Gordon's suspension expected to be reduced to 8 games, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2014
Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com also reports that Gordon is expected to be suspended eight games, and his ongoing DWI case could be taken care of as well.
Gordon will be reinstated once the NFL's new drug policy passes -- as early as Friday afternoon -- but likely only for eight games, and it will ruffle some feathers, multiple league sources tell cleveland.com.
One league source said Gordon will likely be reinstated for about half the season because his positive test occurred in 2013, as early as January, the source said.
Because Gordon tested positive in the 2013 league year, the NFL and NFL Players Association have negotiated a settlement that would enable him to get back on the field at the end of October or early November.
If Gordon also has a DWI hearing in November, and if convicted, would be suspended for two games for that. But a source said that Gordon could try to resolve the DWI early and serve it concurrently.
After failing another drug test, Gordon is set to miss the entire 2014 NFL season. Despite being suspended in 2013 for two games for his first violation of the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy, Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards and became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games.