NFL notebook: Browns receiver Josh Gordon hires lawyer to help with hearing
Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL.
Facing an indefinite suspension, Cleveland's talented wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. Suh will be with Gordon on Friday in New York, the source said.
Gordon is facing an indefinite ban under the league's substance-abuse policy. While he awaits his hearing, the Pro Bowler has been at training camp with the Browns. He has declined interview requests.
ESPN reported Gordon and his defense team will argue that his latest positive test for marijuana was the result of secondhand smoke and that his samples were very near or lower than the league's threshold.
Gordon, who failed at least three drug tests in college for marijuana, was suspended for two games last season. He still led the league in yards receiving and broke several team records. The 23-year-old reportedly checked into rehab after a recent DWI arrest in Raleigh, N.C.
Cops: Abraham fell asleep
Police said Cardinals linebacker John Abraham fell asleep inside a car on a suburban Atlanta highway and was arrested last month on DUI charges.
Brookhaven police said Abraham, 36, was driving a car that stopped in the road's center lane the afternoon of June 29. Police said Abraham smelled of alcohol and failed voluntary sobriety tests — including reciting a portion of the alphabet.
Abraham is the NFL's active leader in sacks and is ninth on the league's all-time sacks list.
Saints' Byrd practices
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March. Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, has been taken off the Saints' physically unable to perform list, allowing him to join practice. He participated in individual drills, something he was unable to do during offseason practices and minicamp.
Vikings hire attorneys
The Vikings hired the attorney who investigated the Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter Chris Kluwe.
Ted Wells, whose investigation in Miami found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent harassment of lineman Jonathan Martin, and Roberta Kaplan, who argued successfully in front of the Supreme Court last year that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, were retained.
The attorneys will engage with Kluwe, who accused the team of cutting him because of his outspoken support of gay marriage.
Around the league
Donald Trump said he is unlikely to be the next owner of the Bills because he's “not going to do something totally stupid” to make the team his. ... Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor sat out practice while he recovers from a concussion, although coach Rex Ryan said the first-round pick is “making strides.” ... Tight end Anthony McCoy left Seahawks practice after being helped to a cart, and the team fears he could have a serious Achilles injury to his left leg. ... Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said center Lyle Sendlein will be sidelined three weeks because of a calf injury. ... Panthers offensive lineman Travelle Wharton announced his retirement. Wharton, 33, played in 115 games and started 111 for Carolina. He also spent time with Cincinnati. ... Giants running back David Wilson left practice with a burner injury to his surgically repaired neck. ... The Seahawks added depth to their offensive line by signing NFLPA president Eric Winston and adding cornerback Terrell Thomas and wide receiver Randall Carroll. ... The 49ers signed former Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year deal.
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