Gordon To Sit For At Least 2014 Season After Losing Appeal

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s one-year suspension has been upheld on appeal, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Gordon and his representatives appealed the decision earlier this month.

The NFL issued the following statement:

“Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld the suspension for the 2014 NFL season of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the NFL said in a statement. “The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.”

Gordon issued the following statement:

“Id like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon said. “I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing officer didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff.”

Mike Pettine Says Hoyer And Manziel Will Split First-Team Reps Vs Redskins

2014 Cleveland Browns Training Camp Practice

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel will split the first-team reps in the Washington game regardless of who starts the game, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“The bottom line coming out of the game is that they both should get close to equal reps with the ones no matter who starts,” said Pettine.

He said the decision on a starter will be made on the team’s off day Thursday.

“Johnny’s going to get reps with the ones,” he said. “Just to me, the factor of starting the game I think is a little bit overblown in this situation because we’re going to try to balance the reps with the ones in the game, so I don’t think it was anything that, Brian came in ahead. It’s a little overrated who trots out there for the first time.”

Pettine said he doesn’t know yet if he’ll divide the reps by series or by quarters. The starters for both teams should play the entire first half, so there should be enough first-team reps to go around.

“I don’t know if we’ll do it by quarters,” said Pettine. “We want to make sure that they’re both getting reps, so we haven’t decided on how to do it. We’ll see when we meet on the off day just because I think there are a lot of options on the table and we have to get that sorted out how we want to do it.”

OL Pinkston Likely To Retire Due To Blood Clots

Jason Pinkston

Sadly it looks like the Browns are going to lose an offensive linemen, as following a three year NFL career, Jason Pinkston’s career looks like it is over.

The Browns offensive lineman told ESPN.com he’ll probably retire because of health reasons. Pinkston has been dealing with blood clots in his lungs for the past 11 days.

The offensive lineman, a reached a settlement with Cleveland and the team released him shortly after that on Monday.

“More than likely I’ll have to retire,” Pinkston texted to ESPN. “The Browns were great working with me and I would love to thank GM Ray Farmer and Owner Jimmy Haslam for my opportunity here in Cleveland. It’s been an honor to be apart of the organization and city.”

The 26-year-old Baldwin and Pitt product was hospitalized in October 2012 after feeling sick. Pinkston felt ill for several days and thought he had pneumonia, but doctors later discovered he was sick from the blood clots. Pinkston missed the final 10 games of the 2012 season, but returned in 2013 to start two games.

Video: Things Browns Fans Say – 2014 Edition

Johnny Manziel

It’s not easy being a Browns fan, but things are looking up in 2014 thanks to the arrival of Johnny Manziel. Will Johnny Football change the fortunes of this franchise? Time will tell, but he has plenty of bad history to overcome.

Manziel Excited To Get Training Camp Going With Browns

2014 Cleveland Browns OTA Practice

 

Opening statement:

“I’m very excited to be back in Cleveland, be back with the teammates, the coaches and just being in the environment. I think everybody’s ready to get back to football and get back to what we all love doing.

 

“Second, to just save you guys a lot of time, (Head) Coach (Mike) Pettine and (GM) Ray Farmer and I have really talked about a lot of things that have transpired over the course of the offseason. For me, my main thing is the people in this building – my teammates, the coaching staff and the higher-ups in this organization – we’ve all been on the same page. We’ve all been good and are very eager to be moving forward. At the end of the day, I made some rookie mistakes – there are some things I wish I could have gone back and done a little differently – but I’m continuing to move forward and try and represent this organization and this team in a positive manner, in a positive light.

 

“I’m just very excited to be back in camp, and it’s football 24/7. That’s what I love doing. It’s what I live for, and it’s what my job is. For me, I’m very excited to get back and can’t wait to get this thing underway.”

 

On specific situations that transpired this offseason:

“I think I just spoke on that a little bit. I’ve talked about that with Coach Pettine; I’ve talked about it with Ray Farmer and the people that I need to talk about that with. Moving forward, they’re good with everything and I’ve told them everything I need to. Everything’s been good.”

 

On going out at night and being caught on camera:

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with me going out and having a nightlife and having a social life. I am 21 years old, and I do like going out. It was the offseason. It’s free time for us, and if I want to go out and hang out with my friends or go to nightclubs or do things like that, then I think that’s within my rights to be doing that. I think there are other guys throughout the league that are doing that. I’m not trying to compare myself to anybody else, but I think that’s within my rights to be doing that.”

 

On having enough time at camp to win the starting QB job:

“I think Coach Pettine and the staff here have called this an open competition, and I believe that it is. I’m just trying to get in here every day and try to be better as a player, as a teammate, really hone in on my craft and try and make this football team as good as I can. Whatever my role is on this team, I think that will be decided with play within these next few weeks. At the end of the day, what I want is what’s best for this team, what’s best for this organization because this is about the Cleveland Browns. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about (QB) Brian (Hoyer). This isn’t about just the quarterback position. It takes 22 positions on the team to make this whole thing work and come together so it’s not just about us.”

Hearing For Josh Gordon Expected in Next Two Weeks

Josh Gordon

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.”

Hoyer Says He’s Healthy, Not Focused On Manziel

Brian Hoyer

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer says his surgically repaired knee won’t hold him back when the Browns begin training camp, Daryl Ruiter of CBS Cleveland reports.

“Yeah, no doubt. No doubt. I’m ready to go so can’t wait for day 1,” Hoyer said.

“Yes. I’m actually anxious to get back. I got a few guys in town. I’m throwing with [Andrew] Hawkins, throwing with Charles Johnson and some of the other guys are coming back so slowly but surely we’re getting ready to go and I’m just excited. You know I put in a lot of hard work in and now I’m just ready to play.”

Hoyer was asked if he was paying attention to the media circus surrounding Johnny Manziel.

“Not really. I’m not really focused on my teammates, what they do in their off life so that’s none of my business,” Hoyer said. “They can make those decisions on their own. All that matters is that we come back ready to go for the season.”

Could The Browns Have Interest In Texans WR Andre Johnson?

Andre Johnson

With the Browns likely to play the season without leading WR Josh Gordon, is there a chance the team could acquire Texans leading wide out Andre Johnson?

Before OTAs and minicamp, Johnson told the Texans he had heard enough from the new staff and coach Bill O’Brien to make him want to show up and join the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

He told them of his plans to be there for offseason workouts, despite missing the early portion of it. The question revolved around his $1 million bonus for attending workouts.

Though Johnson had missed some of the sessions, he wanted to earn his money back by working out extra, allowing him to receive the money.

The Texans told him no, per two sources informed of the situation.

That furthered the divide between Johnson and the Texans, driving a wedge between the parties. That caused Johnson to tell them he wanted to play for another team. He is now working out, “not thinking about the Texans,” a source said.

The Texans have not yet been willing to trade him, and it’s possible that the Browns could swoop in and grab him for the right price – depending on what that price is.

The Browns have done a good job at stockpiling picks, and while they might be willing to part with some, they should be careful on going after Johnson and giving up too much.

What would you do? Leave your Comment on the matter HERE over at Gridiron Chatter! Should the Browns make a move for Johnson?!