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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 1:00 am

NFL

Gordon: Used drugs, alcohol before games

Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio – On the cusp of his return from NFL suspension, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says he used drugs or alcohol before every game of his career.

Gordon, who was reinstated on a conditional basis last week by Commissioner Roger Goodell, tells GQ magazine he drank or smoked marijuana before games. He added “a bunch of guys smoke weed before the game.”

Gordon said he was under the influence “every game. Probably every game of my career.”

Gordon is scheduled to report to the Browns' facility today.

The 26-year-old is allowed to attend team meetings and work out by himself, and as long as he fulfills requirements, Gordon can begin practicing with the Browns on Nov. 20.

Gordon has missed 51 games since 2014 due to suspensions.

Texans discussed Kaepernick

Houston coach Bill O'Brien says he and general manager Rick Smith discussed signing Colin Kaepernick in the wake of last week's season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson.

“Oh yeah, everybody gets discussed,” O'Brien said. “Is that a problem? Isn't that the way most teams do it. People seem shocked by that.”

Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, began the national anthem protest movement by kneeling last season. He remains unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners colluded against him because of the protests, which are aimed at police brutality against African-Americans and other social justice issues.

Bucs problems

The NFL suspended Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness in the Buccaneers' loss at New Orleans. ... Also, the Buccaneers are shutting down quarterback Jameis Winston for at least two weeks in hopes the condition of his injured throwing shoulder improves.

Extra points

A federal appeals court set a Thursday hearing as attorneys for Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott seek a longer-lasting injunction to stop his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegationst. ... Jets receiver-punt returner Jeremy Kerley has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.