To recall, first there was the ESPN report where "sources" said that Gordon was "facing a season-long suspension after another failed drug test months ago, this time for marijuana".
The report first bubbled up during the NFL draft, ruining what many Browns fans felt was a fantastic weekend for their team. The report seemed unequivocal.
Gordon, meanwhile, wasn't talking then, and he's not talking now.
Since then, though, things have only gotten foggier.
- If the Browns were cognizant of a potential suspension, why weren't they more aggressive about drafting receivers?
- Why hasn't the NFL informed the Browns about what they intend to do?
- What about internet chatter that Gordon can only face a six-game suspension per NFL rules?
- If the rules are so clear-cut, why does Gordon think he can appeal it down to 4-6 games?
Questions, questions, questions.
The latest question mark come from Greg Little who, in an interview with Sirius XM's Bill Polian and Alex Marvez, offered several hints that the situation is even foggier than expected.
"It's something that wasn't in his control, so to speak", Little told the broadcasters, "I don't want to get into too much detail about it."
Little's comments open up the possibility that Gordon simply missed a test which is counted as a positive by the NFL.
Gordon's appeal may center around the fairness of that policy, or he may go the Richard Sherman route and argue the test was flawed.
What we're left with right now is a lot of speculation based on cryptic remarks and unnamed sources. It behooves the NFL to begin to clarify the situation as soon as possible.