ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” was informed by sources earlier today that Cleveland Browns standout Wide Receiver Josh Gordon might face a season-long suspension after reportedly failing another drug test, the latest being for marijuana.
Though it is quickly and there has been no concrete confirmation of the failed drug test this may mean a lot of things for the Browns. To start with they’d be losing arguably the very best wide receiver in the game in Gordon who was simply the very first Wide Receiver in NFL history to publish two consecutive 200-yard receiving games. And also this might have a huge impact on newly drafted Johnny Manziel who was simply looking to lean heavily on Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron.
In the short term this changes the Cleveland Browns needs for the rest of the draft. I’m sure even more than ahead of the Browns are regretting not staying put using their number 4 selection in the very first round and taking Sammy Watkins (Watkins ended up getting drafted by the Buffalo Bills who traded up to take him with the fourth pick). The Browns will now presumably be taking a look at prospects such as USC’s Marqise Lee who Gordon had earlier this week said he wish to play with.
Gordon was suspended for the very first 2 games of the 2013 season for a failed drug test. With just as much talent as he possesses you hope that news such as this somehow works out to be false. There is no doubt Gordon includes a promising career ahead of him, more-so than a number of other Wide Receivers his age. It might not be too soon to begin comparing him and Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Justin Blackmon together as they both are seeing opportunities diminish from off the field mistakes.
Johnny Manziel surely has his head in his hands right now wherever he is. Welcome to Cleveland Johnny Football.