Browns’ Josh Gordon Did Not Fail Drug Test

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon did not fail a drug test this offseason, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. There were previous rumblings that Gordon did not directly violate the league’s substance abuse policy, but this is the first confirmation that we have heard. 

Because Gordon didn’t fail a test, no suspension is anticipated once he returns. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll be in uniform for Week 1. Gordon is still in Florida as he works on his mental and physical health, Cabot writes, so he’ll need the go-ahead from his NFL-sanctioned medical team before getting back to football.

Still, the Browns remain optimistic about Gordon’s future and they plan to stick with him as he works towards a full recovery. The club is keeping in contact with Gordon, but at the same time, they’re considering Dez Bryant as insurance.

Over the course of his up-and-down career, Gordon has appeared in 40 games and recorded 179 receptions for 3,089 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2013, he led the league with 1,646 receiving yards.

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19 comments on “Browns’ Josh Gordon Did Not Fail Drug Test

    • connfyoozed

      My thoughts exactly. What I know of Cleveland area sports coverage is enough for me to prefer to wait until some other reporter with a better track record for source accuracy reports something. Cabot just pulls stuff out of you-know-where sometimes.

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    • ohiodevil

      I thought I heard it was someone at Channel 3 that broke the story and MKC picked it up and reported it.

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  1. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    Who Cares?!?!?

    MKC just blatantly makes things up or steals them from other reporters.

    At the end of the day, this guy’s career is basically over.

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  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    Even if this is true, it’s a sad thing that it is a headline.

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  3. jmac2121

    All the best to Gordon, get his mind right, addiction is tough, but once he’s ready…An elite WR will tear it up!

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  4. crosseyedlemon

    The one thing we can all agree upon is that the NFL is desperate for some “feel good” stories right now. If Gordon can beat his demons and rescue a once promising career, that will be the kind of inspirational story that will help counter fan apathy and disgust that has resulted from other sources.

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  5. justreading

    how would she know this? all records from rehab are confidential and gordon could be in there allowing the drugs to get out of his system!
    does anybody still believe this is hard knocks related?
    I do not think gordon plays this year!

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  6. bkfansler2

    No way Gordon should be on hard knocks with his past. Shouldn’t be put under those lights yet. Too much pressure. Let the dude deal. No one has said that he’s had a problem other than Espn. Likely good on the team not to include him in this circus.

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    • justreading

      you think the browns said do not practice with two new quarterbacks for 6 weeks because you will be on television?
      that is beyond logical

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      • bkfansler2

        He came in last year with a crap QB and did quite well. He did more with less.

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        • justreading

          so are you saying he should not have to come to training camp because they are on hard knocks?

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          • bkfansler2

            Laughing stock of football with a recent history of mediocrity. Why give a player with a history of letting them down have a shot at ruining a season before it starts. I’m not saying that’s why he’s not there but I’m saying it’s not beyond reason. Save him from himself.

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            • bkfansler2

              Plus he’s not getting penalized by the team for not being there. Isn’t even losing his UFA next year.

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      • bkfansler2

        If we get 16 games of last year it’s a great bonus. You can’t depend on him right now but why put unnecessary pressure and spotlights in him.

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  7. bkfansler2

    And mkc is basically an ambulance chaser. She’s pretty good at browsing the internet and reading others twitter pages.

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  8. justreading

    ok, that’s your opinion
    I don’t even think he plays this year
    he is hiding in rehab where they can not disclose medical information or testing and any drugs could come out of the system but that is my opinion though something is definitely up that is more severe then tv exposure

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    • bkfansler2

      This site is made of opinions which makes it entertaining and good conversation. I love the fan exchange here.

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