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Wednesday's NFL roundup: Josh Gordon eager to return

Associated Press

Berea, Ohio — Josh Gordon can't do anything to change his past. He knows there are doubters who believe it's just a matter of time before he slips up again.

Gordon is looking forward. Straight ahead.

"The only thing I can control is what I do on the field," the Pro Bowler said. "So that's what I'm doing. I can't control the masses. That's not my job."

The Browns' supremely talented wide receiver who easily outruns defensive backs but can't seem to steer clear of trouble returned to his job Wednesday, practicing for the first time since his 10-game suspension for repeated drug violations ended.

Browns coach Mike Pettine plans to bring back Gordon, last season's league leader in yards receiving, slowly this week, but No. 12 expects to be on the field Sunday when they visit the Atlanta Falcons.

"It's great to be back," he said. "I'm very ready. I've had a long time to get ready for it."

In his first game back after serving a two-game suspension last season, Gordon caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in a win over Minnesota.

Gordon feels he can come in from the cold and deliver a similar performance this week against the Falcons (4-6).

"I definitely think I can," he said.

Gordon showed some rustiness by dropping two passes during the portion of practice open to media members. But the sight of the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, with his smooth stride and rare explosiveness off the line, had to be warming to quarterback Brian Hoyer and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who hasn't been able to include him in a game plan this season.

"Being out there with him today you can see he's excited to be out there," said Hoyer, who targeted Gordon 19 times in the game against the Vikings last season. "He wants to be a part of the team."

Extra points

The NFL fined Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch $50,000 on Wednesday for violations of the league's media policy.

Along with the $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy this year, the league is collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season, which was held in anticipation of future cooperation.

Lynch has only spoken to reporters postgame after Seattle's Week 9 victory over Oakland.

... Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz apologized for his arrest in Miami Beach over the weekend — police said he drunkenly tried to use bubble gum to buy items from a store and then refused to leave — and vowed to "become a better man."

... Philip Rivers is listed on the Chargers' practice report as having a chest injury but coach Mike McCoy says the quarterback will play Sunday against St. Louis. Rivers was a full participant in practice.

... The Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Browns and waived tight end MarQueis Gray.

... Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis returned from a nine-week stint on short-term injured reserve and will be back in the starting lineup Sunday at Indianapolis.

... Cornerbacks TJ Carrie and (ankle) Carlos Rogers (knee) will miss the Raiders' game tonight against the Chiefs because of injuries.

... Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (sprained MCL) did not practice and is "iffy" for Sunday's game at Seattle.

... Dolphins reserve linebacker Jonathan Freeny has been ruled out for Denver with a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him for several weeks.

... The Browns may have caught a break with Jabaal Sheard's foot injury. They say a second medical opinion opened the hope he could return to the field this season.