Cleveland star receiver Josh Gordon faces possible year suspension
As the second round of the NFL draft was set to open Friday, ESPN reported Gordon, who led the NFL in yards receiving last season, had failed another drug test for marijuana and could be banned for a year.
The Associated Press
BEREA, Ohio – A day of celebration dissolved into confusion for the Browns.
Hours after quarterback Johnny Manziel’s arrival had Cleveland’s football pulse racing faster than it had in years, a report that standout wide receiver Josh Gordon might be facing an indefinite suspension shattered the city’s collective joy.
As the second round of the NFL draft was set to open Friday, ESPN reported Gordon, who led the league in yards receiving last season, had failed another drug test for marijuana and could be banned for a year. The ESPN report, based on anonymous sources, described letters the Pro Bowl selection received about the failed test.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer declined to address specifics on Gordon’s situation, which he called “a lot of shocking, supposedly news.”
Farmer said he will be silent until he has clarity on the issue from the league.
Gordon was suspended without pay for the first two games last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy for the second time, but still led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving in 14 games. He had 87 catches and nine touchdowns.
Gordon, who was taken in the 2012 supplemental draft, entered the league with a history of substance issues. He was excused from Baylor’s team for twice failing drug tests, and he also failed a test after transferring to Utah.
49ers get Bills WR Johnson
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo receiver Stevie Johnson is heading to his hometown San Francisco 49ers after being the odd man out in Buffalo.
The Bills traded Johnson to the 49ers in a deal made before the start of the second round of the draft. In exchange, Buffalo acquired an undisclosed pick next year. ESPN reported it was a conditional fourth-round selection.
The deal was made a day after the Bills traded up five spots to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick.
The Bills acquired receiver Mike Williams in a trade with Tampa Bay last month. Last year, Buffalo used second- and third-round picks to draft Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.
Johnson’s numbers dropped last season, when he finished with 52 catches for 597 yards in 12 games.
• Oakland drafted its possible quarterback of the future when it took Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick in the draft to compete with presumptive starter Matt Schaub.
Carr was one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football last season. He threw for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns.
• Miami center Mike Pouncey heard from management about a tweet he sent that joked about hazing the team’s top draft pick.
The jest fell flat in the wake of the Dolphins’ 2013 bullying scandal, in which Pouncey was implicated. Less than 24 hours after Pouncey posted the tweet, his Twitter account was deactivated.
The Dolphins took Tennessee tackle Ja’Wuan James with the 19th overall choice Thursday.
“Great pick! I can’t wait for our gifts he’s getting us lol,” Pouncey tweeted.
“Mike understands that sometimes things can be taken out of context, and what’s meant as a lighthearted comment can be taken out of context,” Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said.
• The Nielsen company said the first round of the draft drew 9.9 million viewers to ESPN Thursday, shattering the previous high of 7.3 million in 2010.