Source: Gordon to appeal suspension Aug. 1

Updated: July 24, 2014, 7:39 AM ET

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Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon will appeal his one-year suspension in a meeting with NFL officials on Aug. 1, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Gordon, who is facing the yearlong ban following a failed drug test earlier this offseason, will file the appeal in New York, the source told Schefter.

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DavidDermer/Diamond Images/Getty ImagesJosh Gordon will appeal his one-year suspension in a meeting with NFL officials on Aug. 1, according to a source.

The Browns open their training camp on Saturday, meaning they will have at least one more week of uncertainty regarding the status of the talented but troubled Gordon.

ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported in May that Gordon was facing the suspension after failing the drug test months prior. The 23-year-old Gordon ran into more off-field trouble earlier this month, when he was arrested in North Carolina on suspicion of DWI.

Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine acknowledged earlier this week that Gordon’s situation is “concerning” but said that Cleveland still was awaiting the NFL’s ruling.

“It is concerning and you want to address it, but until we know where he stands with the league we don’t know really where he stands with us,” Pettine said Monday. “I’ve stated before that we’ve had the meetings, we’ve discussed all the options, from the best case to the worst case. And we’re still in that mode of waiting.”

Gordon had 87 catches for 1,646 yards last season and became the first player in NFL history to have consecutive 200-yard receiving games.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, ESPN.com Browns reporter Pat McManamon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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