Forgotten in all of the NFL’s recent Ray Rice-related drama has been the status of several other players currently serving league-mandated suspensions for drugs. Just before the beginning of the regular season, three well-known players, Dallas’ Orlando Scandrick, Denver’s Wes Welker and Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, were all suspended for various violations of the league’s drug policy. However, they may not wind up being out for much longer.
Various league reporters have said in recent days that the NFL and NFLPA are discussing alterations to the NFL’s current drug policy, with players set to vote on a potential restructuring possibly happening as early as today. We’ve heard that both Scandrick and Welker may be reinstated immediately if their respective amphetamine-based suspensions are moved from the “performance-enhancing” side to the “recreational” side, but what about Josh Gordon? Gordon, of course, was handed a year-long suspension after testing positive for marijuana for a fourth time.
However, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported Friday that, if a new drug-testing protocol is agreed-upon, Gordon will have his suspension reduced from 16 games to 10 games. That would mean he would be eligible to return when the Browns take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 12, 2014
If this is what comes down, it’s obviously welcome news for those that decided to retain Gordon in fantasy football. He led the NFL in receiving last year despite playing in only 14 games, and he’ll instantly become Cleveland’s No. 1 receiver once again once he returns.
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