Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s suspension will last for a full calendar year or not at all, if his appeal eventually is resolved with a ruling from hearing officer Harold Henderson. If the NFL and NFLPA get together and craft a settlement, Gordon’s suspension could last for less than a calendar year.

Even if the suspension is reduced to 15 games, that would allow Gordon to rejoin the team for the 2015 offseason. As it now stands, a full-year suspension would keep Gordon away from the team until, at the earliest, the brink of the 2015 preseason.