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NFL suspends Josh Gordon for 1 year

Posted Feb 3, 2015

Browns WR violated NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Gordon’s suspension begins immediately.

"As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh. Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the National Football League. We will have no further comment on Josh as he will not be permitted in our facility for the duration of his suspension.”

Gordon, who was suspended for the first 10 games of 2014, caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games this season. In his three years with the Browns, he has 161 receptions, 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Gordon was suspended for the season finale at Baltimore because of a violation of team rules.

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