September 1, 2014

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More trouble for Gordon

Scott Petrak

The Gazette

As Browns receiver Josh Gordon waits to hear if he’ll be suspended — possibly indefinitely — for reportedly failing a marijuana test, he’s once again linked to the illegal substance.

Gordon was given a speeding ticket Sunday night in Strongsville on Interstate 71 North, and his passenger was given a citation for possession of marijuana, WKYC reported Friday night.

“We are gathering information regarding the situation,” general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. “We will not have any further comment until the appropriate time.”

Gordon was issued a $187 ticket for going 74 mph in a 60-mph zone north of state Route 82 at 9:43 p.m. in his 2014 gray Mercedes-Benz SUV. His court date is set for Wednesday.

The passenger was cited for having less than 200 grams of marijuana. It was in a blue bag with identification, and the passenger admitted it was theirs, WKYC reported.

ESPN reported early this month that Gordon had failed a drug test for marijuana and faces an indefinite suspension. Gordon is appealing, and the NFL won’t comment until and unless a suspension is announced.

Gordon, 23, has continued to practice during offseason workouts, and the Browns are hoping for the best, which could include a reduced suspension. Because Gordon is in stage 3 of the league’s drug policy, he would face an indefinite suspension and not be eligible to apply for reinstatement for a year.

Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season, and fined an additional two game checks, for failing a drug test. He said it was for codeine in cough medicine prescribed by a doctor.

Gordon has a long history with marijuana. He failed three tests in college, was kicked off the team at Baylor and never played after transferring to Utah. He was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the supplemental draft in 2012.

Gordon has also had issues with driving too fast. Last year he was ticketed for going 98 mph in a 60-mph zone.

Despite the two-game suspension last season, Gordon led the league with a franchise-record 1,646 receiving yards and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro recognition in his second season.

Farmer signed veteran receivers Miles Austin and Earl Bennett after the draft as insurance if the team is without Gordon. Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson were previously signed in free agency, and the team expects Charles Johnson and Travis Benjamin to return from torn anterior cruciate ligaments suffered last year.

Posey cut

Defensive back Julian Posey was waived, the team announced. Posey, who went to OhioUniversity, was picked up last year and played in five games with one start. He began his career with the Jets in 2011 as an undrafted rookie. Browns coach Mike Pettine was defensive coordinator for New York.

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