Browns expecting at least eight-game suspension for Josh Gordon

The Cleveland Browns anticipate at least an eight-game suspension for troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Gordon completed his appeal hearing Monday. Should he win the appeal, which could take one to three weeks to be determined, he wouldn't be suspended at all.

A potential compromise could be reached, too, via a settlement.

It's a long shot, with Gordon basing his case on inhaling second-hand smoke.

Gordon's lawyers are saying he has tested negative 70 times and barely tested positive for marijuana this time.

"As frustrating as it is for Josh, I think he's handled it well,'' said coach Mike Pettine. "He's been practicing hard, giving good effort, finishing plays. Assuming if we don't hear anything, then he'll be out there Saturday."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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