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Fans of the Cleveland Browns were treated to something of a cruel tease last week, that being the sight of wide receiver Josh Gordon on the playing field.
It's being made worse by the interminable wait to hear whether the third-year pro will be suspended for at least the entire 2014 season for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Well, you can hurry up and keep waiting.
As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports, not only has no ruling been issued, but there's been no real indication when one might be handed down:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the news is there is no news. No update, no development, no ruling.
The good news is that Gordon remains available to play until Henderson implements the suspension. The bad news is that, if Henderson eventually upholds the one-year suspension, Gordon will be gone for a full year. Not 16 games; a full year. If a decision comes today, Gordon becomes instantly banished until August 13, 2015 at the earliest.
The Browns should be upset. If the suspension, levied before the draft, had been resolved expeditiously, Gordon would have been back for most of the 2015 offseason program. Now, he’ll miss the full 2015 offseason, much of training camp, and at least one preseason game before he can even re-enter the building.
Henderson is required to issue a ruling within a “reasonable time” after the conclusion of the hearing. The term “reasonable time” doesn’t have a specific number attached to it; so far, the clock is at nine days and counting. In this specific case, it would have been far more reasonable and fair to resolve the case months ago.
Of course, the delay could be seen as a sign that the NFL was considering lighter punishments (or even no punishment at all).
That is, if the NFL was ever consistent when it comes to player discipline.