“Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld the suspension for the 2014 NFL season of Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension is effective immediately.
“Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.”
With those 46 words in an NFL-issued statement, the last sliver of hope among team officials and fans that Gordon would somehow be available this season was shot down. Gordon is gone – maybe never to return – and the Browns are left to pick up the pieces.