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BEREA, Ohio -- As his teammates sweated through another training camp practice, Josh Gordon was in a New York office building where his career -- and Clevelands season -- were in jeopardy. Gordon met Friday with NFL officials to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Gordons attorney, Maurice Suh, and other members of his legal team were expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke, a defence they planned to augment with witnesses. No decision on Gordon is expected for several days, and the Browns are keeping their fingers crossed the outcome will be favourable. According to ESPN Cleveland, it is believed a verdict may be reached on Monday, once commissioner Roger Goodell returns from Canton, Ohio. "Im an optimistic guy," said wide receiver Nate Burleson. "Im a glass half-full guy, so Im always hoping and expecting the best-case scenario." Until they hear from the league, the Browns are going about the business of getting ready for the upcoming season. Theyd love to have Gordon for as many games as possible. After all, hes the clubs top playmaker, one of the leagues elite receivers and an offensive threat who keeps defensive co-ordinators awake at night. To be without him for any time will drastically change Clevelands offence. Gordon has not been at training camp the past two days, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said he didnt know if the Pro Bowler will be on the field for Saturdays scrimmage in Akron. Gordons situation is one of many cases on the leagues legal itinerary. Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the Hall of Fame in Canton, addressed the leagues recent decision to suspend Baltimore running back Ray Rice two games for domestic violence, a ruling met with public outrage. Goodell defended the leagues actions and said each case must be judged on its own merits. "You have to deal with the facts," he said. "We have a drug program that is collectively bargained and it has a step process. It takes four incidents before you actually reach a suspension in a drug-related case. You have to respond to facts here. You have a lot of people voicing their opinions, but what you have to understand is that this is a young man (Rice) who made a terrible mistake -- its inconsistent with what were all about. "We have dealt with it in a serious manner, and were very confident that this young man understands where he is and what he needs to do going forward." Goodell did not offer much information on Gordons case, saying a decision will be based on the information at the hearing. "Josh is going through a process right now, and Im not part of that process," Goodell said. "At some point in time I may have an opportunity to be involved, and when I am, I look forward to meeting him." Gordons list of off-the-field issues is lengthy, which may hinder his argument. He failed at least three known drug tests in college and he was suspended two games last season for a drug violation. Separate from his appeal, Gordon could still face league discipline under the leagues personal-conduct policy for his arrest last month on a DUI charge in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gordon reportedly checked himself into a rehab clinic in California following the arrest. Pettine has said the Browns will have to go with a receiver-by-committee approach if Gordon cant play. Slot receiver Andrew Hawkins is confident he and his teammates can pick up the slack. "We have a bunch of hard-working guys with chips on their shoulders who are going to come out here and bust their butts every day," he said. "And Ill take that 10 times out of 10." NOTES: Starting free safety Tashaun Gipson walked off the practice field with an apparent left knee injury. Pettine said Gipson, who started 15 games last season, was being evaluated. ... Pettine ended practice by having members of his staff catch punts. Pitting the offensive assistants against the defensive assistants, the competition energized the players, who engaged in some spirited trash talk and finger pointing before offensive intern Mike LaFleur caught the final punt, meaning the offence will wear orange jerseys Monday. "I would of lost a lot of money if you would have said wed put eight coaches out there catching knuckle-ball punts and seven of them would catch it," Pettine said. "Those guys stepped up. It was impressive." ... Several offensive players celebrated touchdowns, none more demonstratively that Anthony Armstrong, who threw the ball into the second level of the VIP hospitality tent. "It was strictly spur of the moment," he said. "Your emotions take over." Aaron Ripkowski Jersey . PAUL, Minn. 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Smith has spent the last three seasons with the Rockies, playing both left and right field, and has a .275 batting average with 51 homers and 181 RBIs in 487 major league games.GLENDALE, Ariz. - Just when Arizonas fortunes had turned sour, along came Kerwynn Williams, an unlikely hero.Williams provided what quarterback Drew Stanton called the shot in the arm the Cardinals needed on Sunday in Arizonas 17-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.The Cardinals (10-3), who had lost two in a row, needed the win to stay a game ahead of Seattle in the NFC West. Now they have a short week to prepare for a Thursday night contest at St. Louis.Youve got to love NFL scheduling, Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said.The Chiefs (7-6) dropped their third straight and trail three teams in the AFC wild card chase.We obviously need to do a better job, take care of our business, Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. Its my responsibility that takes place. We had e very opportunity to do that today, and we didnt get it accomplished.On Friday, Williams practiced with the scout team, pretending to be Jamaal Charles. Afterward, coach Bruce Arians told him he was being elevated to the regular roster.Williams responded by rushing for 100 yards, nine more than Charles got. The former Utah State back, a seventh-round draft pick by Indianapolis last year, was the main cog in a running game that had been so bad lately. After rushing for fewer than 100 yards in the last two games combined, the Cardinals got a season-high 141 on Sunday.Quickness, explosiveness, an unbelievable change of direction, Arians said of Williams. He can break a guy down in a hole and make him miss and hes got power for a smaller guy.Williams big game came the same day that Arians said running back Andre Ellingtons season is over. Ellington is to have surgery to repair a hernia. He never had been at full strength this season.Arians gave Williams a game ball. Williams said he would give it to his parents.Some things to know from the Cardinals win:CONTROVERSIAL CALLS: The Chiefs were on the wrong end of a couple of controversial calls in the second half.The refs called two plays that I think were just crazy, Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles said.First, a third-quarter touchdown was negated when tight end Anthony Fasano was called for offensive passs interference.dddddddddddd On the next play, an interception ended the threat and led to Arizonas lone touchdown.My back judge (Lee Dyer) reported to me that he had Fasano blocking, referee Craig Wrolstad told a pool reporter, blocking downfield to create separation which allowed him to be open for the pass.In the fourth quarter, Arians challenged a call that tight end Travis Kelce was down by contact after a 19-yard pass reception to the Arizona 22. After the review, the call was reversed, giving the Cardinals the fumble recovery at the 15.The tight end caught the ball, took a number of steps, got hit and as he was going to the ground, the ball came loose. The ball remained loose. ... He tried to maintain possession, but he did not.ARIZONAS Defence: After surrendering 500 yards in its worst performance of the season last weeks 29-18 loss to Atlanta, the Arizona defence came back to shut out the Chiefs in the second half after they had taken a 14-6 halftime lead.This is the story of our season, said linebacker Alex Okafor, whose interception stopped a Kansas City drive and led to the Cardinals lone touchdown. Playing hard in the first half, but cranking it up in the second half, especially at home.Arizona has blanked the opponent in the second half of its last three home games.CHARLES TURNS QUIET: Jamaal Charles broke loose for a 63-yard touchdown run, then caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith.In between, he went down with a left ankle sprain. Reid called it a mild sprain.It was scary at first, Charles said. I thought I tore it up.In the second half, Charles rushed for 17 yards in seven carries.HOME COOKING: Arizona improved to 7-0 at home, the most home victories for the franchise in the 16-game era.Its also the most since the Chicago Cardinals won 11 of 13 home games in 1925.The Cardinals are 13-2 at home since Arians became coach.TURNOVERS: Arizona won the turnover battle 2-0, with an interception and fumble recovery.The Cardinals have a plus-10 turnover ratio. 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