Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports Josh Gordon's status for today's practice:
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon was held out of Monday's training camp practice due to a "minor" injury, head coach Mike Pettine told reporters at his post-practice media session.
NFL's Around the League Twitter feed noted that Gordon felt he could have practiced:
Pettine did not elaborate on the type of injury Gordon suffered, nor did he say whether the All-Pro wideout would practice Tuesday.
Gordon, in the midst of an appeal to his season-long drug suspension, made two receptions for 32 yards in Cleveland's preseason-opening loss to the Detroit Lions. He was pulled from the game after making a 22-yard catch early in the game as a precaution.
Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio noted that Gordon was seen heading to an X-ray room at Detroit's Ford Field. With Pettine still categorizing the injury as minor, one would assume those X-rays came back negative. The Browns are already without fellow wideout Nate Burleson, who sat out Saturday's preseason contest with a hamstring injury.
The NFL is expected to make a decision on Gordon's suspension before the beginning of the regular season. His appeal wrapped up last week, with the Browns star arguing his drug sample was too inconclusive to warrant a year-long suspension. Arbitrator Harold Henderson will have the final say on the suspension.
Until a ruling is rendered, Gordon is free to practice with the team and play in preseason games.
"It's always special to have Josh out there," cornerback Joe Haden told reporters last week. "When Josh is out there, it's like LeBron came back. He's a big, big part of our offense and a really, really special player."
Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season on 87 receptions. He became the first player in NFL history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games despite less-than-stellar quarterback play. With Brian Hoyer healthy and first-round pick Johnny Manziel in the fold, Gordon stands to have another huge season if his suspension is overturned.
Of course, big numbers also require staying on the field. We'll have to see how this plays out the rest of the week before making a formal assessment.
The Browns do not play their second preseason game until Aug. 18, so Gordon should have ample healing time as long as the injury is indeed minor.
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