BEREA, Ohio – Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the league.
Facing an indefinite suspension for alleged marijuana use, Cleveland’s wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal of a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
Gordon is facing an indefinite ban under the league’s substance-abuse policy.
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Suh helped Sherman win his appeal of a suspension for an alleged performing-enhancing drugs violation on the grounds of a faulty test.
According to the source who spoke to the AP, Gordon will contend failed test results were caused by secondhand marijuana smoke. Gordon’s attorney also is expected to point out Gordon tested positive once despite being tested more than 70 times, and even then two samples taken did not match.
Gordon, who tested positive for marijuana at least three times at Baylor, was suspended for two games last season for what he claimed was a prescribed cough medicine. Despite the suspension, he led the league in yards receiving and set several team records. The 23-year-old reportedly checked into rehab after a recent DWI arrest in Raleigh, N.C.
Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron said the uncertainty has weighed on Gordon as he waits to learn his fate.
If Gordon loses his appeal, he will have to wait one year to apply to Commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement.
Cardinals’ Peterson gets extension
PHOENIX – Cornerback Patrick Peterson reported via Twitter he has reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million extension with the Arizona Cardinals.
Team officials announced the agreement, which keeps the 24-year-old Peterson under contract with the Cardinals through 2020, a short time after Peterson’s tweet but did not disclose financial terms.
Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden recently got a five-year, $68 million extension. Sherman’s four-year extension with the Seahawks could pay him more than $58 million through 2018.
• To guard against another bullying scandal such as the one last season in Miami, teams are holding sensitivity sessions.
Such guidance could be valuable for the St. Louis Rams, even if by all accounts they have welcomed rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is gay, into the fold.
“I don’t think it ever hurts to just talk about general respect for other people and other players,” Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “There’s not a problem in our locker room. However, it doesn’t hurt to go around and remind people about it.”
• Authorities say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a DUI charge a month ago in the Atlanta area.
Abraham, 36, has been absent from the team’s training camp since Friday. DeKalb County Jail records show he was taken into custody and released June 29.
• Running back David Wilson, the New York Giants’ 2012 first-round draft pick who had offseason neck surgery, left practice with an apparent injury to his neck or shoulder. Giants coach Tom Coughlin described the injury as a burner, a term for a nerve injury that leaves a burning or stinging sensation in the neck or shoulders.