Reports: Josh Gordon asked Browns for permission to play in CFL

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is not allowed to play in the Canadian Football League while suspended and under contract with the Browns.
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon reportedly asked to play in the Canadian Football League while suspended, but the Browns denied his request, according to reports.

NFL rules state that a suspended player must receive permission from his team to play in the CFL, but ProFootballTalk writes that the CFL adopted a rule in 2006 that prevents any NFL-suspended player from signing with a CFL team.

However, former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill recently signed on to the practice roster of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts while suspended. Brazill was cut by the Colts this offseason. 

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According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Calgary Stampeders own Josh Gordon's CFL rights. Breer reports that the Stampeders put in a request to the CFL to add Josh Gordon to their negotiating list Thursday morning, and that the request was granted. 

Calgary GM John Murphy told Breer that Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is trying to work with the Browns, the NFL and the CFL in an effort to get Gordon to the Canadian league. 

Mary Kay Abbot of the Cleveland Plain Dealerfirst reported the team would not give him permission. ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported Brown was looking into the possibility of the CFL. 

Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday after the league rejected the receiver's appeal. 

The suspension will hold Gordon out of the entire 2014 NFL season and prevent him from practicing with the Browns next summer and into next year's training camp, unless the NFL decides to reinstate him earlier. 

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