Browns await decision on Gordon’s appeal
BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns remain in wait-and-see mode regarding receiver Josh Gordon, who spent Friday in New York City presenting his appeal to avoid a one-year minimum ban for another positive drug test.
DavidDermer/Diamond Images/Getty ImagesThe Browns have practiced without Josh Gordon for the past two days.
“I’m not exactly sure of his exact itinerary there, who he’s meeting with,” coach Mike Pettine said Friday.
Commissioner Roger Goodell was not at the hearing — he was in Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend — but said he’d be happy to meet with Gordon if needed.
Gordon faces the ban for a positive marijuana test in the offseason, a test Gordon’s side contends was barely over the limit with differences in numbers among urine samples caused by secondhand smoke.
The Browns have practiced without Gordon for two days.
“I’m being 100 percent honest when I say we really haven’t been thinking about it,” receiver Andrew Hawkins said.
Pettine wouldn’t even say if Gordon would be back for Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the University of Akron.
“There are so many other things to worry about at this point,” Hawkins said. “I’m wishing for the best for Josh. Obviously, we’d love to have him and that’s what we’re hoping for. But we got so much work to do. I got these plays to figure out and getting this offense, so it’s kind of like in the back of my mind.”