Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been officially suspended for at least one year due to a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The NFL made the announcement on Tuesday.
Gordon missed 11 games this past season for a previous violation and now must sit out all of 2015 before applying for reinstatement. He was not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages following an arrest last summer in North Carolina for driving under the influence, but he tested positive for alcohol at the conclusion of the regular season, prompting the suspension.
Gordon has a salary of only $1.068 million for 2015, so it appears unlikely the Browns will release their talented but troubled three-year veteran.
He led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, catching nine touchdowns, but had only 303 yards in five games in 2014.
“Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization,” general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. “Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon.”