Gordon is appealing a one-year suspension for failing a drug test, arguing that there were problems with the drug testing process. It was reported Gordon claimed the positive test came from second-hand smoke.
If Gordon loses the appeal, the one-year suspension will stand. If he wins the appeal, he will not be suspended any games. Cabot reports the Browns are optimistic the NFL and Gordon will reach a settlement to allow Gordon to play this season.
But the Browns certainly aren't counting on it. They know that no NFL player has ever won an appeal based on second-hand smoke and that Gordon will be hard-pressed to end up with anything less than the indefinite ban.
Gordon, 23, led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season for the Browns. He was arrested for driving while impaired last month.
- Paul Palladino