American football - Browns receiver Gordon suspended one year

American football - Browns receiver Gordon suspended one year
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 15: Wide receiver Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns runs in a touchdown reception during the second half against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bears defeated the Browns 38-31. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Jason Miller)

- The National Football League has slapped Josh Gordon with a one-year ban for substance abuse after the Cleveland Browns player's appeal was denied.

The league said in its statement that the 23-year-old Gordon's "eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season".

Gordon argued the failed test was the result of second-hand marijuana smoke. He apologised to the club on Wednesday.

"I would like to apologise to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organisation and our fans," he said.

Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season. He was suspended the first two games last year for failing a drug test. He claimed to have inadvertently ingested codeine contained in cough syrup.