Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is reportedly in Stage 3 of the NFL’s drug program and is one failed test away from a one-year suspension.
Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Gordon’s most recent failed test was at least the second of the young receiver’s career. While it is unclear as to how, exactly, Gordon landed in Stage 31, Cabot believes that the wide receiver’s track record—he failed three marijuana tests in college and was dismissed from both Baylor and Utah—may have been the impetus.
Upon being selected by the Browns in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, Gordon said it was a “dream come true.”
“For me just having an opportunity to be out here is definitely all the motivation I need,” Gordon would later say following a pre-season practice. His rookie campaign provided the Browns with 50 receptions for 805 yards and a team-high five touchdown catches.
Late Friday afternoon, the league announced that the second-year pass-catcher would miss time after allegedly taking prescribed medication with codeine which violates league policy. Gordon’s two-game/four-game-check suspension will reportedly cost him roughly $150,000. Cabot states that the Browns may consider going after a portion of the player’s $2.3 million signing bonus.
The difference between Stage 2 and 3 amounts to 10 games, as the former results in a six-game suspension. In the latter, players are suspended for one calendar year under the substance policy can apply for reinstatement after the year is up.