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Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Browns have no plans to cut Gordon, and the team expects him to report to training camp Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "We're expecting him to report on Friday and be on the field," coach Mike Pettine said. "We have no plans to cut him I know there's been a lot of debate over that, but I don't see us having that debate."
Impact: After a number of run-ins with the law this offseason, Gordon is facing an indefinite suspension from the league for multiple violations of the substance abuse policy. He intends to appeal the suspension, but if he loses, he'll need to wait a full year before applying for reinstatement. Regardless, despite the distraction, the Browns appear committed to holding onto Gordon and helping him through his off-the-field issues. "If any of our players are in need of help, we'll do our best to provide it for them and also that we're going to do what we feel is best for the organization," Pettine said. "By league guidelines, whatever help we can provide him, we're going to do it. A Cleveland Brown is a Cleveland Brown. If we feel we can help him, let's help him. Sometimes you're handcuffed by the situation, so until it plays out then there's really nothing tangible we can do at this point."
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL's top-selling jersey.
Impact: The league said Monday the rookie quarterback's No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star with the No. 22 pick. He'll enter his first training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed Thursday that his client is appealing his suspension and has a hearing coming up, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Gordon's agent failed to confirm the exact date of the hearing, nor did he comment on how his client's recent DWI arrest may have an effect on the appeal process. The reigning NFL receiving yards leader reportedly tested positive for marijuana in early May, and is facing a year long suspension from the league. A resolution on the case -- including any pending suspension -- is expected to be announced before the start of Browns training camp in late July.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Benjamin (knee) said Thursday that he doesn't expect to be placed on the physically unable to perform list, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Benjamin endured a torn ACL during the 2013 season, and was previously considered to be a candidate for the PUP list at the beginning of camp. Although nothing is set in stone just yet, Benjamin is optimistic that the team will allow him to practice once training camp starts in late July. The 2012 fourth-rounder showed big-play upside prior to going down with the injury, and is a potential candidate to see targets this season due to the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon, but will first have to prove himself to the new coaching staff in camp.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoyer (knee) declared that he will be "no doubt" 100 percent healthy when training camp starts later in July, reports.
Impact: Hoyer suffered a torn ACL last October, and as a precaution, he was held out of full team activities during OTAs and minicamp earlier this summer. Once training camp begins, the real battle for the starting quarterback job with first-rounder Johnny Manziel also starts, and Hoyer plans to be full-go from Day 1. Hoyer is the more experienced and arguably the safer option, but there's no denying what the electrifying Manziel potentially brings to the table. This is sure to be one of the most important position battles to monitor during camp, and could extend into the preseason if neither quarterback is able to emerge as the frontrunner.
Sat. July 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh. Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Gordon was taken into custody after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on U.S. 70 in northwest Raleigh around 3 a.m. Saturday. Gordon was released on bail. Court records did not list an attorney.
Impact: The 23-year-old Pro Bowl wide receiver has been in trouble before off the field. He missed two games last season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and reportedly failed another drug test during the offseason, which could lead to a season-long ban. Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team is aware of the arrest and is disappointed.