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Gordon to challenge pot source

The legal team for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will argue in a hearing Friday that he has disputed test results that were caused from second-hand marijuana smoke, ESPN reported Tuesday. He is appealing the NFL's imposition of a yearlong suspension for a positive test.

Gordon's legal team will argue the positive tests are so marginal that they show uncertainty as to whether the test results were truly positive, and even if so, were the result of exposure to second-hand smoke, ESPN reported.

Gordon is facing the indefinite one-year ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy for at least the third time. If he loses, he'll have to wait a year to apply for reinstatement.

Cardinals: Linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge a month ago in the Atlanta area. Abraham has been absent from training camp since Friday. DeKalb County Jail records show the 36-year-old was taken into custody June 29 and released the same day. He was driving a black, 2013 Dodge Challenger that had stopped in the center southbound lane of a suburban Atlanta road around 4 p.m., Brookhaven police said in an incident report. He smelled of alcohol and failed voluntary sobriety tests — including reciting a portion of the alphabet. Abraham remained asleep for several minutes after police arrived, despite an officer shouting and pounding on his doors and windows. He told investigators he was coming from the Pink Pony — a local strip club — and the person who was supposed to pick him up hadn't arrived.

49ers: Former Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith signed a one-year deal and injured guard Fouimalo Fonoti was waived. Smith's signing comes after injuries to primary backups Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James. Hunter is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee, and James is sidelined indefinitely with a left elbow injury.

Giants: David Wilson left practice with a burner injury to his surgically repaired neck. The team's first-round pick in 2012 missed most of last season with a neck injury that required surgery in January to fuse two vertebrae together.

Panthers: Travelle Wharton retired, becoming the fourth offensive lineman to retire since the end of the 2013 season, joining Jordan Gross, Geoff Hangartner and Jeff Byers.

Redskins: Vice president and general manager Bruce Allen said quarterback Robert Griffin III should not have opened the season as the starter a year ago, not because his knee wasn't ready but rather because of his game. Allen, speaking on ESPN 950 radio Monday, said Griffin, coming off knee surgery to repair multiple ligaments, did not have enough practice time to get ready for an NFL season. Though doctors cleared him to resume practicing, then-coach Mike Shanahan said Dr. James Andrews told him he should not play in any preseason games. "What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football," Allen said. "It's impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven't practiced. Last year at this time, he was still rehabbing his knee, and he wasn't allowed to practice or work in team drills. We put him on the spot by trying to do that. And this year he's had a full offseason, his knee is 100 percent, knock on wood, and he's had all (the practices), and that's how you get ready to play a football season."

seahawks: Tight end Anthony McCoy left after being helped to a cart and the team fears he could have a serious Achilles injury to his left leg. McCoy was hurt late in the practice. … The team added depth to its offensive line, signing NFLPA president and guard Eric Winston.

Gordon to challenge pot source 07/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:48pm]
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