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Controversy over Josh Gordon's positive drug test

Details on Josh Gordon's positive drug test. (Source: WOIO) Details on Josh Gordon's positive drug test. (Source: WOIO)

Josh Gordon's appeal hearing set for Friday just got a lot more interesting.  Gordon hired attorney Adam Schefter, the same lawyer that helped Richard Sherman from the Seahawks, avoid a four-game suspension for a PED policy violation.

According to Pro Football Talk on NBCSports.com, Gordon landed in Stage III of the program last year for the use of cough syrup that contained codeine. Once in Stage III, a player is there for his whole career and must pass up to 10 drug tests per month.

Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests.  The one positive test for marijuana was only one nanogram per milliliter above the limit.

When an NFL player takes a drug test, the samples are split into two bottles, "A and "B". If bottle "A" shows above the limits of 15ng/ml, then bottle "B" must be tested. Bottle "B" doesn't have to be above the 15ng/ml threshold, it just has to be detected to confirm bottle "A".

In Gordon's case, the "A" bottle tested at 16ng/ml, only one nanogram over the limit.  Bottle "B" showed 13.6ng/ml.  So that resulted in a positive test.

Had the tester chosen bottle "B" to be tested first, it wouldn't have triggered the positive test and there wouldn't be an issue.

Now Gordon is facing a one year suspension.

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