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Browns receiver Josh Gordon practices, leaves early for appeal hearing

Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice Monday morning at the team's headquarters in Berea.

Meanwhile, his appeal hearing was scheduled to resume at about noon Monday in New York, a league source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

Gordon left practice early Monday to participate in the appeal hearing via phone.

"It's part of the process," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "He left practice a little bit early, and that's part of the process as well. He's involved with something with the league today. We've been patient so far, and it's waited this long, so hopefully a resolution is a coming soon."

Gordon spent Friday at his appeal hearing and did not rejoin the team in time to attend Saturday's scrimmage at the University of Akron. The hearing started Friday morning and ran until 7 p.m. It was the third practice of training camp he missed because of the appeal process.

The 23-year-old Gordon is facing a potential ban from the NFL of at least a year because he failed a marijuana test this offseason and is a repeat offender of the league's substance-abuse policy, ESPN reported. His defense team, led by attorney Maurice Suh, reportedly planned to argue the Pro Bowler barely tested above the league's threshold for marijuana because he was a victim of second-hand smoke.

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