BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – We may have seen the last of Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon in 2014.
Gordon did not participate in Wednesday’s minicamp practice and will be out for Thursday’s as well while a potential season-long suspension continues to hang over his and the team’s head.
Gordon, who led the NFL in 2013 with 1,646 receiving yards, appeared to tweak his hamstring during Tuesday’s practice and he did not participate in team 11 on 11 work.
“He just has minor ding,” head coach Mike Pettine said after Wednesday’s practice. “He won’t go tomorrow either.”
Gordon rode the stationary bikes and worked with trainers on the side.
Gordon and the Browns are still awaiting word from the NFL office concerning a possible suspension following a reported failed drug test earlier this year which could cost him the entire season.
Tuesday in an interview with Bull and Fox on 92.3 The Fan, Pettine conceded that the team is frustrated by the lack of clarity from the league as to Gordon’s status in 2014.
“There’s certainly a level of frustration because we’ve known the news for so long,” Pettine said. “It’s just a holding pattern and I understand that the league has a process that they have to go through and there’s other things that they’re dealing with and we respect that. But at the same time it is difficult because it really will affect our preparation for the season.
“We have met on it. We’re prepared for all of the eventualities, but the waiting is difficult.”
Johnny Be Good – Count receiver Nate Burleson among the many that have no problem with Johnny Manziel’s well-documented partying in his free time.
“He can’t do anything whether it’s on the field, making a play good or bad or enjoying himself in his free time,” Burleson said. “He’s one of those guys. He’s this year’s Tebow. You can’t turn on the radio or TV without hearing something about Johnny. All I know is when he shows up for work he wants to play football. That’s what I’m concerned about.”
“I think everyone should let young guys do what young guys do and that’s enjoy life,” Burleson said.
Burleson has no plans to pull the rookie from Texas A&M aside and tell him to take it easy off the field.
“I just think he’s a guy who’s going out enjoying his free time,” Burleson said. “Now, if he came out here stumbling around, smelling like booze we can have this conversation, that would be a legitimate conversation to have. But he’s coming out here focused, very alert, locked in on what he’s doing.
“Until that changes I think everybody should let the young guy do what young guys do.”
Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, selected No. 6 overall a year ago, understands the hype that surrounds Manziel and all of the attention that he’s receiving on and off of the field.
“His body of work in college warrants that,” Mingo said. “He won the Heisman trophy and put up ridiculous stats.”
Heated Haymaker – A scuffle broke out midway through practice with nosetackle Phil Taylor and guard Garrett Gilkey in the middle of it.
“We’re all wearing the same logo but I always use the phrase competitive not combative and that line gets crossed every now and again,” Pettine said. “But I also think that’s a byproduct of what we’re trying to build, the mentality.”
Gilkey lost his helmet and had his hair pulled but also threw a few swings in Taylor’s direction. Receiver Miles Austin was essentially thrown out of the way by Taylor who went after Gilkey a few more times before the mele was finally broken up by other players and coaches.
“It’s something that happens,” Pettine said. “As a coach you frown on it but at the same time you understand it might be the price of doing business.”
Bernie Helps The Bears – Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar spent Wednesday in Chicago.
Kosar, who played for Bears head coach Marc Trestman, is working with their quarterbacks this week during the team’s OTAs.
“Football’s in your blood. Once you start it…it’s a part of you, like your DNA,” Kosar said.
Kosar plans to tread lightly while offering advice to Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer, Jimmy Clausen, Jerrod Johnson and rookie David Fales.
“It’s not really my place to come in here and be doing a lot of talking,” Kosar said. “Especially [because] you don’t want to be disrespectful when the coaches are talking, so I’m just sitting back and waiting to see how it’s going.”
When asked if coaching could be in his future in Chicago or elsewhere Kosar was non-committal.
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Kosar said.
VIPs – Pettine’s father and legendary Pennsylvania high school coach Mike Pettine Sr. took in Wednesday’s practice.
“He’s been watching some of the practice tape so we had, I wouldn’t call it heated, [but] an Italian conversation this morning before practice,” Pettine said of his talk with dad Wednesday morning. “It’s great to have him here.
“A lot of times I tell him it’s sometimes how you say it, how you package it. The content is usually accurate but my defenses sometimes go up when he delivers the message.”
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Cleveland rock legend and WNCX afternoon host Michael Stanley were among those who also took in Wednesday’s practice.
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