The Browns may know Josh Gordon’s status for the 2014 season within a week or two of the opening of training camp on July 26, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports.
“I know the hearing [into Gordon's possible suspension] has been scheduled,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “I don’t have the exact date.”
A source close to the situation said the hearing would be within the next two weeks. If a decision on Gordon’s status for failing a drug test in the offseason comes out of the hearing, that means the Browns could know soon after. However, the timetable remains in the hands of the league.
“Until it all comes down, we’re really in the same situation of waiting,” Pettine said.
Pettine admitted that Gordon’s arrest for suspicion of DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina, was troubling, but he did not want to comment specifically on the matter.
The team has been told, sources said, that because Gordon’s blood-alcohol count was tested at .09, just over the legal limit of .08, it’s possible he could have the charges reduced.
Pettine was not dismissing the seriousness of the situation.
“It is concerning and you want to address it, but until we know where he stands with the league we don’t know really where he stands with us,” Pettine said. “I’ve stated before that we’ve had the meetings, we’ve discussed all the options, from the best case to the worst case. And we’re still in that mode of waiting.”