The Cleveland Browns waited nearly four months for the NFL to drop its one-year suspension on wide receiver Josh Gordon.

NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala told NFL Network on Wednesday that the elongated timeline left the organization "extremely frustrated with the way that this dragged out."

It's hard to blame the Browns, who were forced to mine their way through an offseason fog without a clear picture of Gordon's availability for 2014.

Coach Mike Pettine this week acknowledged that he expected the wideout to be lost for at least part of the season, but whispers of an all-or-nothing decision from arbitrator Harold Henderson kept a sliver of hope alive when none existed.

"We saw this week how visibly frustrated Mike Pettine was with this process," Kinkhabwala said. "He had been so careful not to call out the NFL, not to call out the arbitrator, but he said this week, 'Really, we are impatiently waiting.'