Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for missing a drug test, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. There was talk of a missed or failed drug test in June, but Bell denied those rumors the same day.
It looks like there was some truth to them and Bell will be suspended for the second time in his professional career. Bell was suspended for the first three games of the 2015 season due to a marijuana-related arrest. That suspension was eventually reduced to two games following an appeal from Bell.
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However, he was disappointing in the limited Authentic Russell Wilson Jersey action he saw in 2014 after returning from his suspension in late November. He topped 100 yards receiving just once, and averaged 60.6 receiving yards per game in five games.
Still, Gordon is immensely talented and the Browns could surely use his help at wide receiver, especially after Travis Benjamin signed with the San Diego Chargers during free agency. He would be a huge upgrade for the team’s offense, which struggled mightily last year, ranking 30th in points scored and 25th in yards gained.
However, it is unknown whether they would even be willing to have him back on the roster. Speaking at his introductory news conference in January, new head coach Hue Jackson was non-committal about his plans for Gordon.
“What I’m anxious to do is evaluate him just like we’re going to evaluate every player on our roster and see if they are the right fit for the Cleveland Browns,” said Jackson. “That’s what we have to do with every player, whether that’s Josh Gordon to whoever the last guy is on the roster.”
If he does return to the Browns, he will be under contract for $1.068 million and can become a restricted free agent after the 2016 season. And if he does return to the Browns, he will likely have Robert Griffin III throwing him the football. The Browns signed Griffin in free agency and his contract looks like the Browns expect him to be able to play.
Gordon also took to Twitter to say that it would be “nice” to reunite with his former Baylor teammate.
Gordon was taken in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft by the Browns. In 35 career games, the 25-year-old has 161 receptions for 2,754 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
If Gordon returns in Week 5, it will be a high-profile game. The Browns are set to play the New England Patriots, when Tom Brady is also expected to return from his four-game suspension.