Receiver Josh Gordon and the Browns will soon have resolution on his likely suspension.
But not until after training camp gets rolling.
Gordon’s appeal hearing with NFL officials will be Aug. 1, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday, citing a league source. The appeal will be filed in New York.
Gordon checked into a rehab center after a DWI arrest earlier this month in North Carolina, according to multiple reports Thursday. Schefter reported Gordon spent two weeks in a California facility.
The Browns open camp Saturday morning, and coach Mike Pettine told The Chronicle-Telegram on Wednesday he expected Gordon to report Thursday. Gordon will be eligible to practice until his appeal.
ESPN reported in May that Gordon failed a drug test for marijuana and faced a one-year suspension. Gordon and agent Drew Rosenhaus are hoping for a reduced sentence, but Gordon’s arrest for DWI might hurt their case.
Gordon was suspended for the first two games of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was also kicked off the team at Baylor and Utah for failing drug tests.
Gordon returned from the suspension last year and led the league with 1,646 receiving yards. He had 87 catches and became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 200-yard receiving games.
Pettine said Wednesday it would be impossible to fill the void if Gordon’s suspended.
“You don’t,” he said. “You don’t tap somebody and say he’s Josh. Josh Gordon to me is one of the best receivers in the NFL. He’s the best NFL receiver I’ve been around in my time in the league. He’s a special talent, you don’t replace that guy.
“To me, you’ve got to take a committee approach. We have a plan, we’re just patiently waiting to hear from the league.”
The Browns added a veteran outside linebacker Thursday and are expected to add another before camp. Both are familiar to Pettine.
The team announced the signing of Edgar Jones, and the agency for Jamaal Westerman tweeted he is signing.
Jones (6-foot-3, 256 pounds) is entering his eighth season. He has played in 64 games as a backup with 44 special teams tackles and 10 on defense.
He was in Baltimore when Pettine was an assistant, and has also played with Kansas City and Dallas. Jones, 29, appeared in nine games with the Cowboys last year, registering five tackles on defense and five on special teams.
Westerman (6-3, 265) is 29 and entering his sixth year. He’s started three of 58 games with 45 tackles and six sacks. He was with Pettine with the Jets from 2009-11, then spent time with Indianapolis and Arizona. He was with Pittsburgh for a game last year and Buffalo for 12, totaling six tackles and a half-sack.
The team didn’t announce the Westerman move, and the roster stood at 87 players. The camp limit is 90.
- The Browns moved rookie running back Terrance West, offensive lineman Chris Faulk, defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel and offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren to the active roster. They were placed on the non-football injury list Wednesday for reasons related to the conditioning test, a source said.
- Receiver Kenny Shaw and running back Jourdan Brooks were waived.
Police in Baltimore County are investigating an incident in which a man in a Browns jersey videotaped himself urinating on former Ravens and Browns owner Art Modell’s grave, a spokeswoman told the Baltimore Sun. David Modell, Art’s son, said the family will file charges if the person is found.
“To some people, the man in that grave is Art Modell,” David Modell told the Sun. “But to me, my brother, my children and my wife, that’s their father. That’s their grandfather. … Can any of your readers imagine, for one second, seeing someone do that to your parents’ grave?
“The act is so offensive, and I’d like to publicly say, isn’t enough enough? When is enough enough? It’s a vile, piggish act of online cowardice by Mr. BrownsFan4Life.”
The Sun reported the man posted the video on YouTube last week under the username BrownsFan4Life.