Browns Make Room For WR Gordon’s Return

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan Browns Beat Reporter
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Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon speaks with reporters Monday. Gordon returns from a 2-game suspension for a failed drug test. / (Photo by Daryl Ruiter CBS Cleveland)

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon speaks with reporters Monday. Gordon returns from a 2-game suspension for a failed drug test. / (Photo by Daryl Ruiter CBS Cleveland)

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will be back on the practice field Wednesday after serving a 2-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy during the offseason.

Gordon had to watch his teammates lose both games he was banned from. They certainly could’ve used him the first 2 weeks of the season after scoring just 16 points and going a combined 5-29 on 3rd downs.

“The ‘What if?’ game is a hard game to play,” Gordon said. “I can’t just say it’s myself or anything like that. I definitely want to go out there and help in any way I can and go 100 percent. It’s a long season and I definitely think the rhythm will get there and it will get clicking with or without me being the reason why.

“I just want to be an extra piece of the puzzle to help us put it all together.”

Gordon admitted Monday that the next failed drug test will result in a 1-year ban from the NFL.

“I feel like it’s a last-chance opportunity for the league,” Gordon said. “Nobody wants a problematic type of person in their program, in their organization because of how it perceives to be. I definitely want to stay away from any controversy as long as I can, forever. That’s definitely my No. 1 priority.”

Gordon maintains the failed test was a result of codeine which was in a prescription cough syrup that he took in February to treat strep throat.

Tuesday the Browns made room on the roster by waiving receiver Tori Gurley. The roster exemption granted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for Gordon expires Wednesday.

Receiver Arceto Clark was released from the practice squad and the Browns are hoping to get Gurley, who was signed to the active roster from the practice squad Sept. 7, back through waivers and onto the practice squad again.

Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 and 5 touchdowns as a rookie and he hopes that he can pick up where he left off in 2012.

“I hope that the trust is still there from before,” Gordon said. “But it’s something I’m definitely going to have to earn back I believe through making plays and showing how hard I can go out there during practice and the game, not just myself but everybody. We need to trust together and it’s a big commitment thing for me and they have to see that in me.”

With the suspension behind him, Gordon is looking ahead tot he final 14 games left in the season.

“I know it was a looming-type cloud just behind me of negativity,” Gordon said. “So I’m glad to be back on the field and hopefully more people can focus on that.”

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