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.
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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.