Browns’ WR Gordon slowed by sore knee

Published 2:45 am Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was held out for part of practice on Monday because of patella tendinitis in his knee.

Gordon, Cleveland’s top deep threat, did not take part in the 11-on-11 scrimmage after he felt some soreness while doing individual drills. Coach Rob Chudzinski said afterward that he’s not concerned about the injury. He does not yet know if the second-year wideout will undergo further tests.

“He started out, tried to push through it, but we sat him down for the rest of practice,” Chudzinski said. “I’m not concerned about it, shouldn’t be too big of a deal.”

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Chudzinski said there wasn’t a specific incident in practice that caused Gordon to feel pain.

“No, it had been bothering him,” Chudzinski said.

Chudzinski was asked if Gordon will need an MRI.

“We will see about that,” he said. “I am not concerned about it. It doesn’t look to be too serious, but I will let you know tomorrow on that. Obviously, as far as reps, we want our guys to get as many reps as possible, especially our young guys.”

Gordon is suspended for the first two games this season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He maintains he failed the drug test because there was codeine — a drug banned by the league — in the cough syrup he was prescribed for strep throat. Gordon was dropped from Baylor’s team for marijuana use.

The Browns selected Gordon in the supplemental draft last July. He made 13 starts as a rookie and finished with 50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns.

Cleveland does not have practice on Tuesday.