BEREA, Ohio — Browns receiver Josh Gordon took part in the team’s conditioning tests prior to the beginning of training camp on Saturday. He appeared to pass the conditioning tests without any problems.
Gordon is waiting for his hearing on Aug. 1 with the NFL regarding a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Gordon will be allowed to participate in practice.
For the first time that any media members can remember, the Browns allowed reporters to watch the conditioning tests for the players on the eve of training camp. Several reporters have covered the team for more than 30 years and couldn’t recall being allowed to watch the annual pre-training camp ritual.
Defensive lineman Armonty Bryant consistently was in the front of the pack among the offensive and defensive linemen, while linebacker Barkevious Mingo was the leader among the linebackers. Buster Skrine led most of the sprints among the defensive backs and receivers.
Gary Barnidge, Donte Whitner and Phil Taylor appeared to struggle after the tests. Barnidge was taken off with a cart and Whitner and Taylor were met by trainers. Whitner did a somersault over the finish line and stayed on the ground, but was able to walk off under his own power.
The Browns’ first official practice of training camp begins Saturday morning at 9:30.