Following reports this week that Gordon's suspsension appeal would be an "all-or-nothing" affair, a source tells ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio that in fact there is a "slight chance" that Gordon's suspension could be mitigated, rather than fully negated or upheld. Gordon and his representation have a meeting with the NFL today to appeal the hearing. Florio says he expects a ruling from the NFL "fairly soon."
Don't get too excited just yet, but there may be a chance for Gordon to see the field this year. Following his July arrest, the third-year WR has made an effort to show remorse and course-correction, including checking into a rehab facility prior to the start of Browns training camp. Given the leniency showed by the NFL towards Ray Rice's recent issues, and the resulting public outcry about the disparity between suspensions for violent offenses versus drug offenses, the league may be in a forgiving mood towards violators of the substance abuse policy. If Gordon is able to play even half of the games in 2014, he should be drafted in almost every league. Gordon was the top-scoring fantasy wideout in 2013 despite missing the first two games of the season due to suspension.