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Josh Gordon to miss 2014 season

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Aug 28, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Josh Gordon will miss the entire 2014 season after the NFL upheld his suspension for another violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver’s suspension is effective immediately.

The league said in a statement that his “eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.”

Gordon remains under the care of medical professionals in the NFL treatment program, which includes counseling and rehab, if necessary.

He also remains subject to random testing.

The NFL announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension for a failed test for marijuana.

"While we may have strong feelings on the timing and the process of this decision, we have also consistently communicated that we will focus on what we can control in our day to day approach,'' Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "Right now that is preparing our team for the 2014 season and at the same time, supporting Josh however we are able under NFL guidelines during his suspension."

Gordon isn’t allowed to practice with the Browns, attend team meeting or other club functions.

Gordon had appealed the ruling and met with Henderson and other league officials on Aug. 4.

Gordon was charged with drunken driving after his arrest in Raleigh, N.C. on July 5.

In May, he was stopped for speeding Strongsville and one of his passengers was cited for marijuana possession.

"We will continue to support Josh and we understand that there is accountability for one's actions,'' Browns coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. "Our job and that of the team is to focus on what we can control. Our philosophy in building this team and the mentality we’re establishing is that we’re going to have to overcome challenges and situations throughout the course of a season. We'll continue to be relentless in our approach, in how we work and focus on our goal of returning winning football to Cleveland."

Gordon served a two-game suspension for a drug violation last season, but still managed to lead the league in receiving yards.

He led the league and set a Browns’ single-season franchise with 1,646 receiving yards last season in 14 games.

The two-game suspension was a result of his second known violation, but Gordon said he inadvertently taken codeine contained in a prescription cough syrup.

Baltimore running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games on a domestic violence charge.

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