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Gordon is in line to have his season-long suspension reduced to 10 games, assuming the NFL's revised drug policy is approved, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
With that in mind, Schefter suggests that approval of the policy seems likely to occur within the next 24 hours. Along with the expected reduction of Gordon's suspension, the report notes that wideouts Wes Welker and Steadman Bailey, as well as defensive back Orlando Scandrick are on track to be reinstated, among others.
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The NFL and the NFLPA have not finalized an agreement on a new drug policy as of late Friday night, but Gordon remains in position to have his suspension reduced -- likely to 10 games -- if an agreement is reached as expected, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
The NFL's VP of PR Greg Aiello released a statement late Friday night indicating that the agreement has not been finalized, as there are still significant unresolved issues to be sorted out. The 32 player reps voted to approve the agreement earlier in the day Friday, but the NFLPA still needs to finalize the deal despite receiving the representatives' approval. In any case, a reduction to 10 games for a fourth career violation of the proposed new policy for his most recent positive marijuana test, Gordon faces an additional two games as a result of his July 5 DWI charge.
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Gordon's one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy is in line to be reduced to 10 games once the NFL's revised drug policy is formally approved, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Gordon would thus be eligible to be reinstated Nov. 23, though the report adds that a pending a DWI hearing slated for Nov. 18 could possibly result in an addition two-game suspension for Gordon. Either way, it looks like we'll see the wideout later this season, perhaps not as soon as fantasy owners would prefer, but in time for the stretch run, at least.
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In the event that the NFL and NFL Players Association pass a revised drug policy, NFL.com reports that Gordon could have his suspension reduced to 10 games.
It's a notion echoed by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who previously suggested that Gordon's one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy could be reduced to eight games. In any case, while the situation remains fluid, there seems to be movement toward some sort of resolution that could finally clarify Gordon's 2014 playing status.
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Gordon's suspension is expected to be reduced to eight games when the new NFL drug policy is approved, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
An agreement between the NFL and NFLPA could come as soon as Friday afternoon, so further clarifiication on Gordon's suspension could come shortly. An official decision on Gordon's status has not been made, but it is growing increasingly likely that will be eligible to play at some point this season.
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The NFL and NFL Players Association are reportedly hoping to finalize a new drug policy Thursday night that could potentially result in a reduced or overturned suspension for Gordon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Meanwhile, Jason La Canfora of cbssports.com relays that the two sides have made some progress on key issues, while suggesting that it remains unclear how the proposed revised policy, if implemented, would affect Gordon's one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. In any case, based on the reports, it appears as though things could be moving toward a resolution that could finally clarify Gordon's 2014 playing status.
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The NFL's player reps did not vote on the new drug policy Tuesday night, as expected, so Gordon will have to wait a little longer before learning whether his indefinite ban could be overturned, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports.
Supposedly, the 32 reps decided that the policy needed to be revised before voting on it, but ESPN's Ed Werder reported that a vote could come as soon as Wednesday, and suspended players expecting reinstatement believe playing soon is possible. In Gordon's case, his ban could be overturned altogether, because under the new agreement, he wouldn't have tested positive for marijuana. Those who own Gordon will want to monitor his status closely Wednesday, as a vote could be imminent.
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The 32 player representatives of the NFL Players Association are slated to take a vote Tuesday on an agreement that could modify the sport's drug policies and potentially affect Gordon's current suspension, ESPN.com reports.
The report notes that the league's latest proposal would call for human growth hormone testing for the first time, in addition to implementing changes that would raise current limits for marijuana testing. The report further relays that the two sides still have some differences on certain proposed issues, however, adding that one sticking point is apparently concerns put forth by some owners regarding the potential reinstatement of recently suspended players such as Gordon and Denver's Wes Welker, who the report suggests would not have faced suspension under the proposed revised policy. While the situation remains fluid, there does appear to be movement toward a resolution that could finally clarify Gordon's 2014 playing status.
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The NFL and the NFL players' union did not reach an agreement that would modify the sport's drug policies and potentially could result in a reduced or overturned suspension for Gordon in time to impact his suspension for Week 1, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. However, multiple sources told the Plain Dealer that an agreement between the NFL and NFL players union that would modify the sport's drug policies could be reached next week.
The new drug agreement would reportedly include testing for HGH and raise the threshold for what would constitute a positive test for marijuana. Gordon's positive test for marijuana was reportedly below the new threshold, thus creating the possibility that his suspension could be reduced. It was a real long shot that Gordon would be reinstated before Week 1, but the bigger question is whether the timing of an agreement after Week 1 would impact a potential reduction of Gordon's suspension. Various theories about the timing of Gordon's positive test for marijuana and whether the agreement would cover players suspended before the start of the season leave the impact of a new agreement in doubt. Plus the new agreement may add mandatory suspensions for DUI arrests, and Gordon had a DWI in November. It's also not clear that the two sides will agree to modify prior suspensions. Despite all the hurdles, the Plain Dealer says it's possible Gordon could return to the field as early as next week - but many hurdles remain and the odds of it happening still seem fairly low.
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Gordon said Friday he has no plans to sue the NFL over his one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN.com reports. "The whole being in limbo thing, I'm over it," Gordon said. "I'm not waiting on the edge of my seat anymore."
Gordon said he failed a drug test last winter because of secondhand marijuana smoke. Gordon's "A" sample tested at 16 nanograms per milliliter, one nanogram per milliliter above the threshold, while his "B" sample tested at 13.63 ng/ml, lower than the threshold. Both samples should theoretically be the same because they come from the same specimen. Gordon said couldn't remember the last time he smoked marijuana, but that it might have been before he entered the league in 2012. Gordon was suspended two games in 2013 for testing positive for codeine, which he said was prescribed for strep throat. He was also arrested for DUI. Gordon said Friday that he checked himself into a rehab clinic but that he doesn't consider himself an addict. "To seek out some help on decision-making," Gordon said. "Not drug use or drug abuse, but decision-making. Life skills."