Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon faces a one-year ban after testing positive for alcohol, according to NBC Sports.
Gordon’s suspension looks to be a “done deal” and a reversal of the ban isn’t expected,” sources told NBC Sports’ Mike Florio.
“Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” the Browns said in a statement via Cleveland.com. “At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”
Gordon, 23, has a history of drug and alcohol problems.
The NFL suspended Gordon for the first 10 games of the 2014 regular season after testing positive for marijuana. He also pleaded guilty to DWI. He caught only 24 passes for 303 yards in five games last season.
The Browns (7-9) suspended Gordon for the last game of the season, against the Baltimore Ravens, because he missed the walk-through the day before. He’s also been disciplined for being late to other team functions.
“It’s not the ability, but at some point you get tired of using the word potential,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine told Cleveland.com on Dec. 29. “This offseason for him puts him squarely in a crossroads with us.”
Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns during 14 games of the 2013 season.
Baylor University kicked Gordon out of school after he failed a marijuana test. The Browns drafted him in 2012.