Josh Gordon Owners, Including The Browns: Here's When You Can Expect To Get Your Season-Changing WR Back
We've been talking about it for awhile now, but yes, seriously, we're very close to the NFL and NFLPA agreeing to a new drug policy that would include HGH testing, reassigning amphetamines off the "PED" list and raising the threshold for a positive marijuana test. It might happen this afternoon.
The best part about this new deal: It's going to be applied retroactively to players who are already suspended for this season. That means we're going to see guys like Wes Welker and Josh Gordon back on the field. But Gordon, who is good enough to be the league's top wide receiver even in a shortened season, won't be back right away:
When a new drug policy is approved as early as this afternoon, Josh Gordon's suspension expected to be reduced to 8 games, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2014
The reason for this isn't clear, nor is whether that eight game suspension would start after this week or include the first two games of the season. First Take said that Gordon could return Week 10, which seems wrong. UPDATE: Nope, it's right on the money, as it includes Cleveland's bye week (h/t Andy Glockner for that one).
Supposedly, the thought process behind giving Gordon any suspension at all (considering under the new policy his most recent test would not have been positive) is because his drug test came during the 2013 league year, while the NFL is agreeing to apply this new policy retroactively to the 2014 season:
Some reports have said a lifted suspension would apply only to those disciplined after testing positive in the 2014 league year, which began March 12. Gordon's positive test is believed to have come a week or two earlier, meaning it took place in the 2013 league year.
Yep, he missed it by a week or so. We've also heard that his DUI and drug history plays a role. So the NFL is... splitting the difference? It's a compromise -- a stupid, stupid compromise.
But this is the NFL, otherwise known as "No Fucking Common Sense At All League." The Browns will be glad to get Gordon back for a playoff push (if they're in that position by midseason) and fantasy owners will get a huge boost as well. If you've got him at his point, be sure to hold on to him, regardless of whether he rides the bench. Unless you're in my league. If you're in my league, trade him to me for Bishop Sankey. Okay?
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