Josh Gordon pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday.
The charge against the Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been pending since July.
In lieu of a 60-day suspended jail sentence, Gordon received 12 months' unsupervised probation, a $100 fine and $290 in court costs as a result of the plea, according to the Wake County Clerk of Courts office. He also had his driver's license suspended.
A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that Gordon pleaded guilty Tuesday in the hopes he can avoid a mandatory two-game suspension, which is one of the new rules that would be enacted when the NFL and NFLPA formalize a new drug policy, something that could happen any day.
The agreement between the league and union will contain a date by which players must resolve related court cases without being subjected to harsher discipline, a league source told Werder.
An NFL spokesman said regarding a potential two-game suspension, "We'll decline comment as we work through the revisions to the drug programs."
Gordon was not in court and was represented by his attorney Trey Fitzhugh.
Gordon is serving a season-long suspension after failing a positive marijuana test, although that ban is expected to be reduced to 10 games under the new agreement.
If the two games is added to the 10, Gordon would miss 12 of the Browns' 16 games this season.
Gordon was arrested and charged with speeding and driving while impaired during the July Fourth weekend. The Clerk of Courts said Gordon's blood-alcohol level was found to be .09. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.
The speeding charge was dismissed.