Josh Gordon not in the Browns’ starting lineup

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Browns receiver Josh Gordon is not a starter for tonight’s third preseason game.

Although Gordon is in uniform and is expected to play, the team listed Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin as its starting wide receivers.

That suggests that the Browns do not expect Gordon to be successful in his ongoing fight against a looming yearlong suspension for violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Although no official word has been handed down about Gordon’s discipline, if the Browns expected to have him on the field in Week One of the regular season, he’d probably be in the starting lineup for Week Three of the preseason.

Teams usually like to have their starting units playing together in the third preseason game, and the Browns are no exception: One of the reasons that head coach Mike Pettine chose this week to anoint Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel is that he wanted to have the decision made before the third preseason game. Tonight Hoyer’s top two receivers are Hawkins and Austin, and the Browns are planning for Hawkins and Austin to be their top two receivers when the regular season starts as well.

21 responses to “Josh Gordon not in the Browns’ starting lineup

  1. Last week, Gordon’s head was not in the game. Waiting on the results of his hearing is getting to him. Best thing for him and the Browns is for him to sit.

    Fans are getting a look at what the season is going to look like.

  2. The Lions have some extra WRs available for trade. They could do a deal with them and the Lions could put him on the shelf and send them WR help and something else, and then they can say they made an example out of him by shipping him out while also getting a “package” in return.

  3. How would the Browns know anything more about it than Gordon does? maybe it’s suggests they don’t know if the NFL will EVER MAKE UP THEIR FRIGGIN MINDS!

  4. It absolutely means hes going to be suspended. If he was going to be available for the opener he would be playing.

    Hoyer absolutely sucks. Bold prediction, if hoyer starts all 16 games, the Browns offense wont score more than 17 points in a game. That excludes any defensive TDs

  5. Also Farmer and Pettine, great pick of Justin Gilbert. Hes awful.

    Typical Browns horrible draft pick in the 1st round.

    Bright spot has been Kirksey and Johnny( should be the starting QB game 1), Hoyer will be eaten alive by the Steelers Defense.

  6. Take the jock off your face clowns fans, if he was a 3rd string WR, you’d say he’s a bad dude and we should cut him, but because he has talent it’s ok that he’s addicted, stupid (violating chance after chance going back to 2 colleges), and hangs out with violent felons (look up the truth on the guy who’s car he was driving on his dui and the same guy he called to bail him out).
    Aaron Hernandez had talent and issues and the Pats looked the other way. The clowns already have a WR who killed some one (Stallworth) in their history. How bout we grow up, realize football is just a game, and the enormous amount of $$$$ these guys get deserve to be paid to guys with talent and some amount of decency.
    #factory of sadness

  7. According to Fansided, Rosenhaus is dragging this out and not willing to come to the bargaining table with the NFL, because he thinks he can win a lawsuit. Which still ends up keep JG out for at least several weeks, when he could accomplish the same thing by settling with the league for a 6-8 week suspension. Get it done Drew!!!

  8. who gives a crap? Won’t matter anyway. Does Anyone think Shanahan can use Gordon like Norv did??

  9. I live in western Canada (not as far west as that team that uses the PEDs) Speaking as a fan of the game of football, and what I have researched the past couple months. Josh Gordon should not be suspended. My best friend works with the equipment used to do the tests, he has scientific approach, and makes a lot of sense. Josh is innocent on this one. NFL has kinda kicked themselves in the back end trying to save themselves.

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