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BEREA, Ohio – It seems joyous day never can be just that for the Cleveland Browns.

Hours after the Browns introduced their pair of first-round draft picks, cornerback Justin Gilbert and uber-popular quarterback Johnny Manziel, came a report from ESPN that Josh Gordon, the team's No. 1 wide receiver, was facing an indefinite suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The Browns, NFL, NFL Players Association and Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, all declined comment on ESPN's report, which cited unnamed sources. Team and league officials are required to keep drug program information confidential.

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Browns general manager Ray Farmer began his press conference late Friday night by saying he would make no comments regarding Gordon, and declined multiple questions about Gordon's status.

"The league has really stated what we can say and what we cannot say," Farmer said.

ESPN reported Gordon was facing a season-long suspension. But according to the league's drug policy, a player in the third stage of the league's drug program would receive an indefinite suspension, lasting at least a calendar year, for a subsequent violation. Banned players must apply for reinstatement.

Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon is currently banned, and the Jaguars are preparing to play 2014 without him. Now it appears Gordon, another one of the game's best young receivers, could join him.

Gordon served a two-game suspension last season, and was fined an additional two game checks, for a drug violation. He told reporters he had tested positive for codeine from a cough syrup. Gordon had a history of drug issues in college at Baylor and Utah.

The report was published by Outside the Lines about an hour before the start of the second round of the draft, and regardless of whether or not the Browns had previous knowledge of Gordon's issues, they did not seem to alter their draft plan.

"We go through the board. We organize the players, we rank them, we stack them and we stick to it," Farmer said.

The Browns took an offensive tackle, Joel Bitonio of Nevada, with pick No. 35 early in the second round – a spot in which many predicted the Browns would grab a wide receiver. No receivers had been drafted in the second round at that point, meaning the Browns could have had their choice of players like Marqise Lee or Jordan Matthews. Six receivers ended up being selected in the second round, and two more were selected in the third, for 15 total in the first two days.

Cleveland again bypassed on taking a receiver in the third round when they took Iowa inside linebacker Christian Kirksey at No. 71. The Browns then traded back into the third round, sending a fourth- and sixth-round pick to San Francisco, to take running back Terrance West from Towson at 94.

"I'm not concerned with my depth at wide receiver," Farmer said. "At the time that we made our selections, we took the best player available for what we wanted to do."

The Gordon report wasn't the only troubling wide receiver news for the Browns on Friday. Veteran Nate Burleson, signed as a free agent earlier this spring, underwent what his agent Ken Sarnoff described as "very minor" surgery on his arm. Burleson broke the same arm last season while with the Lions in a pizza-related incident in his car.

Sarnoff wrote on Twitter late Friday that Burleson would be healthy in time for training camp.

Burleson participated in the first two sessions of the Browns' minicamp last week but was absent from the third and final session. Head coach Mike Pettine was asked about Burleson's absence after the practice, and specifically if Burleson was injured, and Pettine said the receiver was "OK" and in "good standing" with the team.

Farmer and Pettine declined to comment on Burleson's injury status.

"Nate Burleson is not going to miss any games for our football team," Farmer said.

The other receivers currently under contract with the Browns are Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins, Josh Cooper, Travis Benjamin, Charles Johnson, Tori Gurley and Conner Vernon.

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