Josh Gordon smiled as he walked off the field on an insufferably muggy day. Nothing, it seemed, was bothering him.
He peeled off his jersey, sweat streaking his face. The star receiver soon posted a photo on Instagram of him catching a pass from rookie Johnny Manziel.
“Only place I can find peace,” Gordon captioned the picture.
The football field is giving Gordon serenity. His time there be could be running out.
Gordon is still awaiting word from the NFL on whether he’ll be suspended for all or part of the upcoming season. Gordon, who led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season, recently had his appeal hearing to fight a possible yearlong suspension for again violating the league’s substance-abuse program. He’s been practicing and playing for weeks amid uncertainty about his career.
Manziel fined for gesture: A person familiar with the penalty said Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger at Washington’s sideline.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the ruling has not been made public.
Chiefs’ OT suspended for four games: Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season Friday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, a massive blow to an already unsteady offensive line.
Stephenson remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night’s contest against Minnesota. He will miss games against Tennessee, Denver, Miami and New England and be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 30.
Major newspaper changes policy: The Washington Post said it will stop calling Washington’s football team the “Redskins” on its editorial page.
The paper’s editorial board announced Friday it will refrain from using the term it said “unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.”
The board operates independently of the paper’s newsgathering operation. The Post will continue to use “Redskins” in the news and sports sections.