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The NFL is upholding its one-year suspension of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.  His appeal has been denied, and Gordon will miss a full calender year. 

He will be eligible for reinstatement August 27, 2015.  He was suspended for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy.  Gordon was appealing a positive test for marijuana, claiming he was exposed to second-hand smoke. 

Because the ruling took as long as it did, Gordon will miss 2015's training camp and most of the preseason.  The 23-year-old issued a statement through the Players' Association apologizing to his team and fans, but says the NFL should have used better discretion and judgment in his case. 

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