Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended without pay for the first two games next season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Gordon also was fined two additional game checks on Friday. He will be eligible to return for the third week of the season.
It’s the second year in a row that the Browns have a key player suspended early in the season. Cornerback Joe Haden was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Gordon, a second-round pick in the supplemental draft out of Baylor, caught 50 passes last season for a team-leading 805 yards and five touchdowns, developing into the Browns’ best deep threat. Gordon was dismissed from Baylor’s team after being twice suspended for marijuana use.