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Josh Gordon fantasy football news: Gordon blames suspension on secondhand smoke

Josh Gordon will argue that it was secondhand smoke that gave him a positive drug test.
Josh Gordon will argue that it was secondhand smoke that gave him a positive drug test.
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Josh Gordon fantasy football news might actually cause some Cleveland Browns fans to laugh. Gordon is appealing the NFL suspension that was given to him for the full 2014 season. According to a report from ESPN on Tuesday (July 29), he is blaming secondhand smoke for the positive drug test that he registered. The argument will be made by his defense team at a hearing on Friday (August 1) and it's a safe bet that it is going to be closely watched by people around the league.

The report itself states that the first sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, which is one nanogram per milliliter above the 15-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold. His second sample tested at 13.63 ng/ml, which is lower than the threshold. The oddity here is that both tests are done on the same specimen, so typically the results are usually right in line with each other. In this testing, he barely failed one sample and passed on the other sample, giving his defense team some strong arguments.

The Cleveland Browns really need to have this NFL suspension overturned, especially with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel getting ready to make his debut for the team. Losing the best receiver on the team for a full season would be a step in the wrong direction, but maybe he won't miss any time after all. That would certainly be huge fantasy football news for Josh Gordon, because then he would likely be one of the first five receivers off the draft board in every league.

Last season for the Browns, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He proved his quite a bit during the 2013 NFL season and that includes one game where he had 14 catches for 237 yards and anther game where he had 10 catches for 261 yards. Gordon made it on to the AFC Pro Bowl team and would likely be able to do that again if he is able to play at all during the 2014 campaign.