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The failed test is the latest in a long line of setbacks for Gordon, whose future in Cleveland and the NFL now will be in question. It's something fantasy football owners who have rolled the dice on Gordon's talent in Dynasty and keeper leagues will have to deal with.
Not that any of them should be surprised.
As Schefter reminded readers, Gordon ended the season in controversy when, on Dec. 27, he was suspended for the final game for violating team rules. Gordon would have been suspended for all of last season were it not for a new drug testing and punishment policy the NFL implemented last season that allowed him to return after missing the first 10 games.
Florio added that a successful appeal for Gordon is unlikely at this point. His sources say a the one-year suspension is likely a "done deal."
Florio also noted that because of his DUI, alcohol is one of the substances for which Gordon was being tested.
Subsequent reporting by multiple outlets confirms that alcohol was what triggered this failed test.
Gordon entered the NFL after being dismissed from Baylor for a failed marijuana test. He later told the Houston Chronicle: "It was against school policy, of course, and I was [suspended] in the summer. I've definitely put that part of my life behind me. I don't plan to ever go back there. It was a difficult time, but I learned from it, and I've moved on."
Gordon caught 24 passes for 303 yards in five games this past season. He led the NFL with 1,646 in just 14 games in the 2013-14 season.
We'll follow up as needed, but the risks have clearly caught up and soared past the potential rewards for Gordon owners -- at least for another year.