Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reports, and the NFL has confirmed, that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Gordon was also docked four game checks. Gordon can still take part in offseason activities and training camp, but he won't play in a regular-season game until Sept. 22. Greg Little , Davone Bess and David Nelson will have to pick up the slack in Gordon's absence.
Update: Gordon said the suspension stems from some antibiotics and cough syrup he took to combat strep throat back in February. He said he didn't realize that the cough medicine contained codeine, which is prohibited by the NFL.
Gordon was kicked off Baylor University's football team in 2010 because of multiple violations that involved marijuana. Less than a year later, he was suspended indefinitely following a drug test turned up positive for marijuana. Gordon ended up failing two drug tests at Baylor and another one at the University of Utah. His suspension would have been much longer if his previous positive tests carried over to the NFL, but they don't since they all occurred while Gordon was in college.
Coincidentally, hours before breaking this news, Grossi wrote, "The only thing can stop [Gordon] from being an elite player this year is himself." While that's not entirely true, it sure is appropriate. Minus two games, I will drop Gordon in my personal WR rankings from 30 to about 40. Of course, that could just make him a better value pick. It's hard to not be infatuated with his physical talent. But above the neck, Gordon has A LOT of stuff to work on.