According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, the NFL has suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon for the first two games of the upcoming season and have fined him four game checks for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
“Obviously we are all disappointed in this news,” Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said in a statement. “In our short time with Josh, he has done everything that we’ve asked him to do and he has exhibited substantial improvement. We believe that he will continue to work diligently through training camp and the preseason. I am confident that others will step up in his absence.”
The league won’t say how Gordon violated the NFL’s drug policy, per the Beacon Journal.
The NFL will not reveal how Gordon violated its policy. Gordon failed three marijuana tests in college, two at Baylor University and another at the University of Utah, and a rumor about a Browns player facing a suspension because of a failed drug test had recently been circulating online and on local sports-talk radio shows.
The Browns have been concerned about Gordon for months now, according to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com.