NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio. Gordon says the only place he can find peace is on the football field. His time there could be running short. The Browns' star receiver is awaiting word from the NFL on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse program. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds.

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Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. Rice starts his two-game suspension Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, missing the Ravens' home opener against Cincinnati and a key AFC North showdown in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL’s arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it’s time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice’s suspension, the governor of Maine says he’ll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.

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Cam Newton says he'll be ready to play in Week 1 (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: Cam Newton says he'll be ready to play in Week 1 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Panthers want fourth-year quarterback Cam Newton to throw more and run less as he continues to grow as an NFL quarterback. That's because they want the two-time Pro Bowler to stay healthy. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Cam Newton expects to be ready for the Panthers Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay. ”There’s no doubt in my mind.,” Newton said Wednesday. Panthers coach Ron Rivera also said he expects Newton to be ready for the Bucs.

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Bengals LB Burfict signs 3-year extension (Yahoo Sports)

Latest NFL News: Bengals LB Burfict signs 3-year extension (Yahoo Sports)

Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict sits on the bench after coming out of the game during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict signed a three-year extension on Wednesday that runs through the 2017 season and will pay him a maximum of $20.05 million. Burfict is entering the final year on his original deal that will pay him a salary of $570,000. Burfict is the leader of a defense that finished third in the NFL last season in yards allowed. ”It’s great to have this deal done and know I’m going to be here beyond this season,” Burfict said.

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Browns WR Gordon suspended for 2014 season (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The league announced Wednesday that arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Gordon's suspension, which the Pro Bowler appealed. Gordon met with league officials in New York on Aug. 4 and he and the Browns had been patiently awaiting a resolution.

Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will have to apply for reinstatement following the season. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the team, attend meetings or other club functions.

Gordon served a two-game suspension for a drug violation.

''I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,'' Gordon said in …
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