Browns coach Mike Pettine acknowledged the organization anticipates All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon to be suspended for at least part of the upcoming season, and the expectation contributed to Gordon not playing Saturday night in a 33-14 preseason loss to the St. Louis Rams.

"I wasn't sending a message," Pettine said Sunday afternoon during a conference call. "Knowing that the decision is looming, that we're fairly certain that we're not going to have him for at minimum some part of the year, we wanted to make sure that we were getting repetitions with the guys that were going to be out there early."

Gordon is awaiting a decision from the NFL regarding his appeal of a drug suspension. A repeat offender of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Gordon could receive a minimum ban of at least a year.