Fallout From Josh Gordon Ruling

Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon can sue the NFL to stay on the field, but that might not be such a great idea, writes Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. Gordon’s camp is at least considering a lawsuit that would include an injunction to put the suspension on hold while the legal process plays out, but if it doesn’t work, things could get worse for him. The NFL has the right to extend Gordon’s suspension beyond the one-year sentence and that’s a gamble that might not be worthwhile. Here’s more on Gordon..

  • Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer passes along statements issued by Browns General Manager Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine on Gordon’s suspension. Both acknowledged the challenges they’ll face without one of the league’s top talents, but also expressed optimism that they can succeed in spite of it.
  • Gordon’s entire career in the NFL and with the Browns could be in jeopardy, writes Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. La Canfora cites the troubles of Justin Blackmon as reasons to be concerned that Gordon will be unable to keep his nose clean in his time away from football.
  • The NFL is doing Gordon a favor by refusing to buy his excuses, writes Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.
  • Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network has heard that the Browns have been frustrated by the offseason situation with Gordon and notes that his focus in recent practices was lacking, writes Marc Sessler of NFL.com.
  • Darin Gannt of Pro Football Talk believes that tight end Jordan Cameron could wind up benefitting from Gordon’s suspension.
  • The NFL has been operating under the drug policy agreed upon between the NFL and the union in 2006, notes Albert Breer of the NFL Network (on Twitter). There could have been a revised policy in the CBA in 2011, one that might have raised the minimum needed for a positive test result on pot, but HGH haggling has kept that from happening.
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