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NFL notebook: Report: Browns WR Gordon faces 1-year ban

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during a voluntary minicamp workout Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the team's training facility in Berea, Ohio.
By Wire Reports
Friday, May 9, 2014, 8:09 p.m.
 

Browns receiver Josh Gordon failed another drug test and is facing a one-year ban, according to an ESPN report citing anonymous sources.

Reached by ESPN phone Friday afternoon, Gordon said: “That's something you're going to have to talk to (agent) Drew Rosenhaus about. I really don't know anything about it.”

When asked whether he planned to appeal, Gordon said, “I'm going to have to find out about that later. You need to call Drew.''

Rosenhaus didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report. The Browns declined comment.

Gordon was suspended without pay for two games last season and fined two additional game checks for violating the league's substance policy for at least the second time. In 14 games, he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards and became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games.

Gordon was suspended two games last season for a positive codeine test. He said it was in his cough syrup prescription.

Manzielmania arrives

Johnny Manziel held up his new brown No. 2 jersey and flashed a smile that beamed to Texas. With whirring cameras providing the soundtrack, he was welcomed to his NFL home.

Johnny Football arrived.

Cleveland may never be the same.

Humble, confident and charmingly comfortable in handling any question, Manziel was introduced by the Browns, who positioned themselves perfectly in the first round of the draft to select the polarizing Texas A&M quarterback with equal amounts of skill and swag.

“I'm going into it expecting madness,” Manziel said.

As of 6 p.m., the Browns had sold 2,300 season tickets — renewals and new purchases — since the start of Thursday's first round. In the hours after Manziel was chosen with the No. 22 overall pick, the team's sales staff struggled to keep up with phones that barely stopped ringing.

At the team's gift shot in FirstEnergy Stadium, fans waited in long lines to buy Manziel jerseys at $150 a pop.

Bills trade WR Johnson

Receiver Stevie Johnson is heading to his hometown 49ers after being the odd man out in Buffalo.

The Bills traded Johnson to the 49ers in a deal made before the start of the second round of the NFL draft. In exchange, Buffalo acquired an undisclosed pick next year. ESPN reported it was a conditional fourth-round selection.

The deal was made a day after the Bills traded up five spots to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick.

Watkins' addition was the latest in a series of moves the Bills have made to restock their receiver position, and it led to Johnson being expendable after six seasons in Buffalo. The Bills also acquired receiver Mike Williams in a trade with Tampa Bay last month. Last year, Buffalo used second- and third-round picks to draft Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.

Johnson left Buffalo on Thursday, when he was spotted on a flight that landed in Las Vegas about an hour after Buffalo drafted Watkins.

Draft draws 32M viewers

If the NFL needs proof of the popularity of a May draft, it now has 32 million reasons why it worked this year.

First-round coverage of the draft on ESPN and NFL Network drew a combined total viewership of 32 million viewers, based on at least one minute of viewing. That makes it the most-viewed Round 1 ever, according to the Nielsen Company.

The 32 million is up 28 percent over last year's 25.0 million.

It was the most-watched program on cable TV and the second-most watched program on television Thursday night.

Pouncey's tweet draws fire

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey heard from management regarding a tweet he sent that joked about hazing the team's first-round draft pick.

The jest fell flat in the wake of the Dolphins' 2013 bullying scandal, in which Pouncey was implicated.

The Dolphins took Tennessee tackle Ja'Wuan James with the 19th overall choice Thursday.

“Great pick! I can't wait for our gifts he's getting us lol,” Pouncey tweeted.

Pressure on tackle Jonathan Martin to give other linemen gifts was part of an alleged pattern of harassment in the bullying scandal.

On Friday, general manager Dennis Hickey said he cleared the air with Pouncey. Hickey said lighthearted jokes on social media can be taken out of context, and players need to make good choices about what they say.

Congressman requests hearing on Redskins name

A member of Congress is requesting a hearing on the Redskins name, calling it “another example of racial insensitivity in sports” in the wake of Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., sent a letter to the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce citing that derogatory nature of the word “redskins” and suggesting that the committee use its influence to persuade team owner Dan Snyder and the NFL to change the name.

Waxman pointed that Los Angeles Clippers owner Sterling's recent ban resulted from racist comments made in a private, then added: “In the case of the Washington football team, the offensive conduct is public, not private.”

 

 
 


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