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Browns WR Josh Gordon reports to training camp

Embattled Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon was among the veterans who reported to training camp today and took a conditioning test this afternoon in front of the media.

Gordon is facing a potential ban from the NFL of at least a year because he tested positive for marijuana, ESPN reported, and he has an appeal hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.

After being arrested and charged with driving while impaired July 5 in Raleigh, N.C., Gordon checked himself into rehab, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 reported Thursday. Gordon spent two weeks in a rehab facility in California, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Despite his troubled offseason, Gordon appeared to be in fine physical shape. He and other veterans ran about 20 timed sprints. Quarterbacks, rookie and veterans recovering from injuries reported to camp Wednesday and took the test.

Not everyone fared well during today's test.

Nose tackle Phil Taylor and tight end Gary Barnidge did not pass the test. Taylor tapped out toward the end. Moments later, an athletic trainer helped tight end Gary Barnidge off the field as he appeared to struggle with the heat. Barnidge was then carted off the field and into the facility.

Strong safety Donte Whitner passed the test, but he somersaulted over the finish line on the final sprint. An athletic trainer walked him into the facility minutes later.

Players who fail the test usually are placed on the non-football injury list until they pass it.

New Browns coach Mike Pettine surprised many media members by allowing them to watch the test. Reporters who have covered the team for decades can't recall being granted access to a conditioning test.

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