Remember the nice block that WR Josh Gordon delivered to S Ed Reed two weeks ago on a semi-gadget pitch play to WR Travis Benjamin? The Browns were supposed to send that play, along with another, to the league for clarification. Apparently, the league still didn't like Gordon's block after the fact, as Gordon reported that he was fined $20,000 for the block. If you never saw the hit, Waiting For Next Year has a brief clip of it, as well as an explanation as to why the hit might have been illegal.
Jodie Valade from the Plain Dealer talked with Gordon in-depth about the hit, and the rookie receiver still feels like he's in a pickle.
"If you don't make a play, coach [Pat Shurmur] is going to look at you like, 'What's going on?' " Gordon said. "Either way, you have to be smart about it. Really, almost every time, 10 times out of 10 you have to make that play."
Given an opportunity for a do-over, Gordon isn't sure what he'd do. "I may just push him," he said. "I may just set a screen and stand there. I definitely won't hit him, that's for sure."
Gordon is appealing the fine, but I'm guessing it's not going to be overturned.