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Manziel party reportedly led to Gordon’s ban

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The off-field drama continued for the Cleveland Browns heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a party Friday night that was attended by multiple members of the Browns, leading to several players being punished by the team, according to reports.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was suspended Saturday for a violation of team rules, was one of the players in attendance, according to cleveland.com.

Manziel and Gordon were absent from the Browns’ walk-through Saturday morning, and the team had trouble locating them, a source told ESPN. The Browns did not mention Manziel in their release, and players on injured reserve are not required to attend walk-throughs. Manziel was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a hamstring injury in last week’s loss to Carolina.

The Browns fined Manziel on Saturday for being late for treatment on his injured hamstring, according to reports. Manziel had to be present for either the walk-through or, since he was on injured reserve, treatment on the hamstring.

Less than 24 hours later, rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert also was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Ravens for reportedly being late for a team meeting the prior night. Gilbert was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Gordon was suspended for reportedly missing a walk-through. As a result, Gordon will not be active on the roster for six games, meaning he will not be able to count this season toward free agency.

Gordon needed to play at least six games in order to become a free agent after the 2015 season and this suspension could potentially cost him millions of dollars on the open market. Gordon was already suspended the first 10 games without pay this season for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

A league source told ESPN that Gordon’s camp will work to get him paid for the last week of the season and ensure he will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season.

Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended for the first two games. Since returning from his league ban this year, Gordon had caught 24 passes for 303 yards.


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