Cleveland Browns star wide-out Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season. This isn't the type of news that Browns fans wanted to hear. According to a CBS report on Aug. 27, the NFL's leading receiver in 2013 has been suspended for the entire upcoming season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
The league announced Wednesday that Gordon's suspension is effective immediately. To make matters worse, Gordon will not be allowed to practice with the team, attend meetings or other club functions. In other words, he is basically not part of any football day-to-day operations until the 2015 season begins.
With the Browns coming into this season with a fresh new attitude, this isn't the way they wanted to start the season. Nevertheless, the show must go on. Gordon released this statement:
"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in a statement. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."
This will be a huge blow to the Browns offense. Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season - despite missing the first two games of the season for a previous failed drug test.