It's been almost two months since knowledge of Josh Gordon 's latest failed drug test became public. As a Stage 3 violator of the league's substance abuse polcy, he is facing a minimum suspension of one year. But first, he must have his appeal heard. At least there's some progress to report on that front.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio has been told by a source that Gordon's appeal hearing has been scheduled for late July. The appeal won't be needed if the league and the Players Association agree on terms of a reduced suspension before the hearing.
Gordon was suspended for the first two games of last season due to a similar violation and still finished the year with the most receiving yards in the league, 1,646.
So, we're still waiting to hear for how long Gordon will be banned, but at least we have an idea of when we'll hear it. I think a year-long suspension is most likely. I wouldn't draft Gordon in any of my leagues, but I guess you could do worse things with a late-round pick. If he gets a reduced suspension -- say, eight games or so -- it could prove to be the title-winning difference for your team. I just don't think he's going to get that.
The Browns are expected to open the year with Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins as their top two WRs.