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Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon facing 16-game suspension

Cleveland's breakout player allegedly failed a drug test earlier this offseason and could face a year-long suspension. He missed two games due to suspension last year.

Jason Miller

This is the reason many thought the Cleveland Browns took a considerable risk when they selected wide receiver Josh Gordon with a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.

Gordon is facing a year-long suspension after allegedly testing positive for marijuana, according to ESPN.

ESPN also reported Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, didn't formally comment but denied the report.

Gordon, one of the league's breakout players in 2013, exploded onto the scene with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in his second NFL season.

He faced problems in college after having failed three drug tests - two at Baylor and one at Utah without even having played a game.

Gordon served a two-game suspension for allegedly testing positive on a test last offseason.

With as deep as this year's receiving group is, it begs the question whether the Browns would have traded a third round pick - the third round pick they acquired last year from Pittsburgh in a draft-day trade - as part of a package to move up and take quarterback Johnny Manziel.