Browns’ Gordon pleads case against suspension

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As his teammates sweated through another training camp practice, Josh Gordon was in a New York office building where his career and Cleveland’s season were in jeopardy.


Gordon met Friday with NFL officials to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon’s attorney, Maurice Suh, and other members of his legal team were expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke, a defense they planned to augment with witnesses.


No decision on Gordon is expected for several days, and the Browns are keeping their fingers crossed the outcome will be favorable.


“I’m an optimistic guy,” said wide receiver Nate Burleson. “I’m a glass half-full guy, so I’m always hoping and expecting the best-case scenario.”


Until they hear from the league, the Browns are going about the business of getting ready for the upcoming season. They’d love to have Gordon for as many games as possible. After all, he’s the club’s top playmaker, one of the league’s elite receivers and an offensive threat who keeps defensive coordinators awake at night. To be without him for any time will drastically change Cleveland’s offense.


Gordon has not been at training camp the past two days, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said he didn’t know if the Pro Bowler will be on the field for Saturday’s scrimmage in Akron.


Gordon’s situation is one of many cases on the league’s legal itinerary.


Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, addressed the league’s recent decision to suspend Baltimore running back Ray Rice two games for domestic violence, a ruling met with public outrage. Goodell defended the league’s actions and said each case must be judged on its own merits.


“You have to deal with the facts,” he said. “We have a drug program that is collectively bargained and it has a step process. It takes four incidents before you actually reach a suspension in a drug-related case. You have to respond to facts here. You have a lot of people voicing their opinions, but what you have to understand is that this is a young man (Rice) who made a terrible mistake it’s inconsistent with what we’re all about.”


Lynch ends holdout: Marshawn Lynch was back on the Seattle Seahawks practice fields Friday morning.


He was once again just a spectator.


Lynch watched the Seahawks go through a one-hour, no-pads practice a day after showing up at the team’s facility and ending his weeklong training camp holdout in the hopes of getting changes to his contract.


Seattle cut wide receiver Randall Carroll to clear a spot on the 90-man roster and accommodate Lynch’s return.


Governor sidesteps Redskins’ name issue: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe sidestepped the debate over the Washington Redskins name, preferring instead to focus on the economic benefits of having the team in his state. “It is not up to a governor to tell a private business what to do with their business,” McAuliffe said during a visit to a Redskins training camp practice. “I am about growing our economy. I’m about diversifying our economy. ... The voters elected me to get jobs, and this team here is helping me get jobs.”


Asked if he understands why some people are offended by the name, he answered: “Sure. I come at this as the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I am the chief jobs creation officer; that is my job. My job is to grow the economy and I have a team here that is growing our economy.”


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