Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended two games and fined four game checks by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
He will be eligible to re-join the team on September 16. Gordon can practice with the team during training camp and play in the preseason games before the suspension kicks in.
There have rumors of the suspension coming down for months, and this is not the first time Gordon has been in trouble. While in college at Baylor and Utah, Gordon admitted to failing three drug tests, which is one of the reasons Gordon declared for the NFL Supplement Draft last year.
Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski released a statement about the suspension:
"Obviously we are all disappointed in this news. In our short time with Josh, he has done everything that we've asked him to do and he has exhibited substantial improvement. We believe that he will continue to work diligently through training camp and the preseason. I am confident that others will step up in his absence."
In a separate statement Josh Gordon says:
"In February, I was diagnosed with strep throat for which a doctor prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine. Apparently, the medicine I took contained codeine, which is prohibited by the NFL policy. The policy terms are strict about unintentional ingestion, but the NFL has not imposed the maximum punishment in light of the facts of my case. Therefore, I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation. I sincerely apologize for the impact on my team, coaches, and Browns fans. I look forward to working hard in training camp and pre-season, and contributing immediately when I return in week three."
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