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Rumor uncovered: Receiver Josh Gordon suspended for two games

Uncovering a string of rumors that was circulated around the internet for the better part of two weeks, the NFL has suspended Wide Receiver Josh Gordon for two games for violating its substance abuse policy.

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Josh Gordon was selected in the supplemental draft vice the normal draft because he had character issues, and those issues have apparently proven to be well founded. In his first offseason since lauding Browns brass for "taking a risk on him, so that he can prove the problems of his past are history" Josh Gordon has apparently been busted for the same offense that lost him his spot on two college teams.

Here is Head Coach Rob Chudzinski's take on the suspension:

Obviously, there's going to be a large amount of fan frustration in response to the news. The only silver lining in this bad news is the fact that it's only a two game suspension, instead of the four game PED form of suspension that players like Joe Haden have served.


Gordon released the following statement, claiming to have taken a medication containing codeine that he was prescribed for strep throat and apologizing to the team, coaches, and fans:

In February, I was diagnosed with strep throat for which a doctor prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine. Apparently, the medicine I took contained codeine, which is prohibited by the NFL policy. The policy terms are strict about unintentional ingestion, but the NFL has not imposed the maximum punishment in light of the facts of my case. Therefore, I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation. I sincerely apologize for the impact on my team, coaches, and Browns fans. I look forward to working hard in training camp and pre-season, and contributing immediately when I return in week three.