Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs during a conditioning test at the NFL football team's training camp Friday in Berea, Ohio. (Associated Press)
Berea, Ohio — Josh Gordon’s off-field issues didn’t put him out of shape.
The embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver reported to Browns training camp Friday and passed his conditioning test as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.
Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league Aug. 1. He’s facing a one-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.
He entered the league with a history of marijuana abuse after failing two drug tests in college. Gordon reportedly entered a rehab clinic following a recent DUI arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina, and spent two weeks at a clinic in California.
Browns coach Mike Pettine would not confirm if Gordon had been to rehab, but cornerback Joe Haden said he was glad his teammate would take the necessary steps to get well.
“I’m happy for him,” he said. I’m here for J.G. I love him like a brother. We’re just here for support and for him to do that is a big step. That means that something’s going on and he’s trying to fix a problem.”
Looking fit and fast, Gordon participated with Cleveland’s other veterans in the grueling conditioning test.
As Pettine, general manager Ray Farmer and the team’s quarterbacks, rookies and injured players looked on, Gordon and others ran 20 sprints they had to finish in mandated times.
Mammoth defensive tackle Phil Taylor did not complete the sprints, and tight end Gary Barnidge looked woozy as he was helped off the field by trainers before being driven on a cart to the team’s headquarters.
Safety Donte Whitner finished the test by doing a somersault over the goal line. He slowly walked into the training facility escorted by a trainer.
It’s the first time in years the Browns have had their conditioning test open to the media.
Pettine said the players who didn’t pass will be re-tested before Saturday’s workout.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that while his surgically repaired ankle is getting better, it’s not completely healed.
The Pro Bowl player participated in his first full practice Friday night at Fan Fest since undergoing surgery in March.
A judge convicted Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, and imposed an 18-day jail term.
McClain won’t have to report for his jail sentence until after an appeal is complete in state court. Cook also ordered McClain to pay $1,572 in fines and court costs.
... Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III left the team’s first training camp practice with a tight hamstring.
... After sitting out the Saints’ offseason practices because of back surgery, safety Jairus Byrd was placed on New Orleans’ physically unable to perform list.
... Tennessee right guard Andy Levitre is starting training camp on the non-football injury list after having an appendectomy the day before the Titans reported.
... Andre Johnson reported to camp with the Texans. The star receiver had skipped offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was “still the place for me.”
... Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the field with a lower left leg injury. Team owner Jim Irsay, making his first appearance at training camp, said Ballard would have an MRI.
... A judge rejected a motion to dismiss charges against Aaron Hernandez stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.
... The Eagles excused Keelan Johnson from training camp while the safety deals with his arrest last weekend in Arizona for allegedly pushing a police officer in a confrontation outside a bar.
... Centers Mike Pouncey of the Dolphins and Maurkice Pouncey of the Steelers have been sued by three people who say the twins attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub.
... Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks was hired as an appeals officer by the NFL and the players’ union.
The former Tampa Bay star, who will be inducted into the hall on Aug. 2, replaces Matt Birk, now the NFL’s director of football development. Brooks will hear player appeals of on-field discipline.