CFL rules do not allow suspended Gordon to play in league for 2014

Josh Gordon led the league in receiving yards last season.

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One day after his yearlong suspension was upheld, Browns star wideout Josh Gordon was exploring the possibility of playing in the Canadian Football League for the 2014 season but the CFL does not allow NFL players suspended for substance abuse to play in league, FOX Sports Insider Alex Marvez and other media report.

Gordon, who was suspended for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, would need the Browns’ permission to play in the CFL but the team doesn’t consider his CFL participation an option for Gordon at this time, Marvez reports. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns or be present at the team’s facility.

"I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns and our fans," Gordon said in a statement Wednesday. "I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff."

Gordon led the league in with 1,646 receiving yards last season and added nine touchdowns despite missing the first two games of 2013 because of a previous violation of the substance abuse policy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.