Josh Gordon was suspended violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) -
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season after his appeal was denied by the league.
The yearlong suspension comes as a result of Gordon violating the league's substance-abuse policy and is effective immediately. The league said in its statement that Gordon's "eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season."
Gordon is not permitted to practice with the Browns, attend meetings or other team functions.
"I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in a statement released Wednesday by the NFL Players' Association. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing officer 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."
Patriots are always a step ahead
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
On paper, the trade between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which sent six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to central Florida in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick, looked like a steal.
To the naive the Bucs, in desperate need of help for the interior of their offensive line, did the fleecing, taking advantage of a Pats club concerned about the long-term health prospects of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.