After a series of altercations, the NFL has finally suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for the entire 2014 season.
Browns WR Josh Gordon has been suspended one year, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 27, 2014
It took quite a while for the NFL to make this ruling, so I'm glad it's finally over with. Gordon will be suspended for the year due to smoking marijuana.
This news has a pretty big affect on the Ravens, as Gordon being out for the year drastically declines the Browns chances of having a successful season. Even with rookie Johnny Manziel at the helm, I just don't see the Browns making much of an impact without Gordon.
This suspension essentially takes one team out of the AFC North race. With Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel under center, the Browns looked like they were in a decent position to have their first winning season since 2007. However, after losing Gordon for the year, that possibility is now doubtful.
It will also give the Ravens an even easier time at putting up two extra wins onto their record, because they obviously face the Browns two times every year. It will make Lardarius Webb's job easier, It will make Jimmy Smith's job easier and it will make the job of the entire defense much easier in those tow particular games.
Gordon was the whole offense last year, as he caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. Saying that this is a big loss for Cleveland is an understatement. This could potentially be a season-threatening loss for the Cleveland Browns.