A prosecutor said Tuesday that suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunk-driving charge in Raleigh, N.C.

Acting Wake County district attorney Ned Mangum said Gordon got a 60-day suspended jail sentence and one year of unsupervised probation.

The Pro Bowler is serving an NFL imposed season-long suspension for a failed marijuana test, though that could be reduced under proposed drug policy changes.

Rice formally appeals

As expected, the NFL players’ union formally appealed the league’s indefinite suspension of Ray Rice.

Rice was handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.


The Baltimore running back already had served the first game of that suspension when, on Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator.

The Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the ‘‘new evidence.’’

The NFLPA asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear the case.

Nominees revealed

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 113 candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Among other notable names are Torry Holt, Orando Pace, and Jason Elam. The 2015 class will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl . . . The Titans agreed to terms with veteran linebacker James Anderson and placed linebacker Zach Brown (torn pectoral) on injured reserve. Anderson signed with the Patriots in June and was released after camp . . . Rookie safety Jemea Thomas, a sixth-round pick of the Patriots who was released in August, was released by the Cowboys . . . The Jaguars placed tight end Marcedes Lewis (high ankle sprain) on short-term IR . . . The Bears terminated the contract of former Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan . . . The Redskins cut Bacarri Rambo, the second-year safety who struggled in the team’s first two games.