Cleveland Browns
Position
WR
 
Jersey
12
Name  Josh Gordon
Born  4/13/1991
Height  6-3
Weight  225
College  Baylor
11/23/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon did not disappoint in his return to action.
Insight: He had eight receptions for 120 yards on 16 targets. Gordon is a clear WR1 for the remainder of the season.
 
11/22/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Browns have officially activated wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Insight: Everyone knew he was going to play, so this is just a formality. Coach Mike Pettine has said he will be on a snap count limit, but we aren't buying it. Gordon is the most talented player on the Browns offense, and Cleveland is in a thick AFC North race. Gordon is a must-start.
 
11/20/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon, just reinstated from his long suspension, will be on a snap limit, according to coach Mike Pettine.
Insight: In other words, in his first game back, don't expect to see the guy who led the league in receiving yards last season. That may take a few games after missing three months. Still, he's too talented not to start.
 
11/17/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated from his long suspension and should give immediate help to the Browns receiving corps and Brian Hoyer's passing totals.
Insight: If somehow he's still available in your league, don't walk, run to pick him up.
 
11/14/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon will be able to resume all football activities "without restriction" according to the NFL.
Insight: Gordon will be ready to roll for Week 12, and all owners who have hung onto him throughout the season, should load him up as a WR1 upon his return.
 
11/3/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is expected to return in Week 12 against the Falcons and if you have a place to stash him you should probably to it now.
Insight: Gordon has been working out at the Browns facility every day and should be ready to explode in that first game. He'd be the perfect addition to any lineup as they head to the fantasy playoffs.
 
9/12/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: The NFLPA approved a new drug policy which allows Browns receiver Josh Gordon to be reinstated this season.
Insight: Gordon is now suspended 10 games, which is two games more than expected, but at least fantasy owners are keeping him on the bench for a reason. Gordon will be available to return Week 12, but must stay out of trouble in the meantime. It might get difficult through the bye weeks to stash Gordon away on the bench, but if possible, that is the best strategy than dropping him.
 
9/11/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: The vote among the NFLPA reps on a new drug policy will not take place until at least Friday.
Insight: Josh Gordon, Wes Welker and others remain in limbo. The union is waiting for a response back from the league office, which is a little busy right now with the Ray Rice scandal. Even still, stay patient and leave Gordon on your bench.
 
9/6/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: There is a very slight chance Browns receiver Josh Gordon could return to the team this season and forgo his year-long suspension.
Insight: The NFL and NFLPA are negotiating a new substance abuse policy, which would include a higher threshold for the banned substance in marijuana according to Cleveland.com. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the new policy would raise the threshold from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 50 ng/ml. The NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Friday that if the new policy is approved, players who were recently suspended under the old rules should have their sanctions revoked. It gets more complicated, however, because Gordon may have failed his drug test before the league year began on March 11. If that is the case, the new rules might not apply to him. To sum up, it is highly unlikely the stars all align for Gordon to return this season, but Gordon is explosive enough to take the risk. If you can, stash him away on an IR spot.
 
8/27/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: The NFL arbitrator upheld Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's one-year suspension according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1.
Insight: Gordon will miss the entire season. Unless you are starting a dynasty league, he is obviously a waste of a pick.
 
8/22/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no ruling on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Insight: FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reported the NFL Players Union was expecting a decision by the end of this week, so this is a little surprising. Apparently there is a high volume of testimony on both sides from Gordon's latest failed drug test. In many cases, fantasy owners hoping to know Gordon's status before their draft are unfortunately out of luck. Hopefully, a decision is made next week.
 
8/4/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the decision on Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal is expected to come in the next 1-3 weeks.
Insight: Gordon's hearing lasted 10 hours on Friday and concluded Monday. Fantasy owners who were hoping to get a decision on Gordon before drafting may be out of luck.
 
7/30/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal will either result in his 16-game suspension being upheld or no suspension at all.
Insight: The suspension won't be cut down to 12 or eight games. According to NFL policy, the officer who hears Gordon's appeal will have the responsibility only to determine if there was a violation and if he rules that there was one Gordon will be bound by the agreed-upon sanction.
 
7/29/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urine samples were organized differently.
Insight: Urine samples are radomly split into two bottles, an "A" and a "B." If the "A" bottle is positive, the "B" is tested. The substance abuse policy states that the "'B' bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the 'A' bottle Test, is evident to the 'limits of detection' to confirm the results of the 'A' bottle Test." Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration just one nanogram per milliliter above the limit while the "B" bottle was below the threshold. If the "B" was tested first, the "A" wouldn't have ever been tested because the "B" bottle would have counted as negative. Gordon may have a shot to get his one-year suspension reduced, especially because the NFL is taking heat for giving Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence, but he likely will get a minimum of eight games because he's failed to stay out of trouble in the past few months. His appeal will be heard on Aug. 1.
 
7/24/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport.
Insight: We think there is little chance of his one-year suspension being reduced, but at least the final answer will come before most fantasy leagues hold their draft. Gordon was a fantasy stud last season catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
 
7/5/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Browns receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly been arrested for DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Insight: If Gordon was hoping to catch a break from the league concerning his upcoming suspension he's certaining not behaving like a man who cares about his NFL future. Fantasy owners should not plan on Gordon stepping onto the field during the 2014-15 season.
 
5/30/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: According to wkyc.com, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was issued a speeding ticket for going 74 mph in a 60-mph zone and his passenger was given a citation for possession of marijuana on May 25.
Insight: Obviously not a good move for a guy who is facing a one-year suspension for failing a drug test for marijuana and is hoping the NFL shows some leniency when it hears his appeal.
 
5/28/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was already in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program when he failed his latest drug test.
Insight: Stage 3 is the highest level of the program and requires multiple violations to reach. A violation by a player in Stage 3 results in a minimum suspension of one year.
 
5/21/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter expects Josh Gordon's suspension to last the entire 2014 season.
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners want to hear. Gordon (87 catches, 1,646 yards, 9 TD in 2013) has filed an appeal but it sounds like the Browns are expecting the worst. His absence cerainly clouds quarterback Johnny Manziel's fantasy value heading into his rookie season.
 
5/12/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes Josh Gordon's suspension will fall somewhere in the range of 8-to-16 games.
Insight: Even if the ban is reduced to eight games on appeal, Gordon will still be missing a significant chunk of the season. Drug issues have followed Gordon throughout his career as this is the fifth drug test he's failed since college.