On a day where the NFL announced a handful of suspensions for players who violated the league's substance abuse policy, there still was no resolution to the fate of Cleveland Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon.
But some progress was made, according to ProFootballTalk.com, which reported Gordon's appeal hearing will take place in late July. Gordon reportedly tested positive for marijuana and faces a season-long suspension.
Browns coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal that he expects the league to hand down a decision before training camp begins on July 26.
"I think that's reasonable to say," Pettine said June 12 as mandatory minicamp wrapped up. "We haven't been given a date. I think, in fairness to us, the league would let us know. There's no information as far as what the plans are to release it, but I think we're all comfortable thinking that we should know before training camp starts."
The 23-year-old Gordon had a breakout season last year despite being suspended two games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Gordon made 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
It is possible that a hearing will not be needed if the league and players union work out a reduced suspension. If Gordon is suspended for a year, the ban will start immediately. A reduced suspension means Gordon might be allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason.