New drug policy means Gordon can return to Browns facility

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BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns returned to the practice field Wednesday as they got set to welcome the Baltimore Ravens to town.

At the same time, the NFL and NFL Players Association reached an agreement on the improved drug policy, which affects Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Gordon was not at the facility on Wednesday and was not at practice with his teammates; in fact he tweeted he was looking to ride some ATVs on Wednesday afternoon. Gordon is serving a season-long suspension for a failed drug test. The suspension has now been reduced to 10 games.

As part of the new drug policy, suspended players will be allowed at team headquarters and to sit in on team meetings. Under the old policy that was not the case.

Head coach Mike Pettine said he and Ray Farmer have had sit-downs with Josh Gordon in the past. When he is able to return, Pettine says he will sit down with Gordon and lay out the plan for him as he works his way back from suspension.

Pettine says being allowed in the facility while suspended is huge for a players structure.

“To be able to eat here and lift here and be under the guidance of our strength and conditioning program to have that support and that structure around not just for Jos,h but for anybody who is going through anything like that will be helpful to be back,” Pettine said during his Wednesday news conference.

Gordon will not be eligible to play until Nov. 23 when the Browns take on the Atlanta Falcons.

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