Bad Start to the Season – NFL players suspended

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The NFL’s 95th season kicks off this Thursday, and, ALREADY, quite a few players have been suspended.  Click through and take a look at who will be watching from the bench.

Aldon Smith, unhappy, suspended

Aldon Smith

Aldon is a linebacker who joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.  Aldon is no stranger to discipline, with arrests for driving under the influence, illegal possession of an assault weapon, and possession of marijuana among his transgressions.  His most recent punishment is a 9-game suspension and $2.4 million fine for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies.

Jerome Simpson, Vikings, suspended

Jerome Simpson

Wide receiver, Jerome Simpson will not be playing with the Minnesota Vikings for the first three games.  He is suspended for violating NFL’s substance abuse policy.  The infraction happened last November when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Brandon Meriweather, suspended

Brandon Meriweather

During a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins safety, Brandon Meriweather delivered an illegal hit to the head of Torrey Smith.  Usually a safety violation results in a fine, but since this was Meriweather’s sixth violation, he will be suspended for two games and pay $100,588 to the league.

Dion Jordan suspended, NFL

Dion Jordan

Miami Dolphins defensive end, Dion Jordan was trying to pump up with performance enhancing drugs.  He was caught and suspended without pay for 4 games.

Daryl Washington suspended

Daryl Washington

Daryl Washington will be bitterly cheering from the sidelines for the entire NFL season.  The Arizona Cardinals linebacker is suspended for the season and owes the league $3 million for his second substance abuse violation.  Washington admitted to smoking marijuana.

Brian Tymes suspended NFL

Brian Tyms

New England Patriots wide receiver, Brian Tyms claims that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs because of his prescription Adderall.  He has been on the psychostimulant since he was 9 years old, but he did not get it cleared with the NFL.  Tyms is suspended for 4 games.


Ray Rice, NFL suspended

Ray Rice

Ray Rice, running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was convicted of 3rd-degree assault on March 27th of this year.  The conviction comes from a February arrest for domestic abuse against now wife, Janay Palmer.  Rice is suspended for two games, a punishment that many find inadequate.

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Additional suspensions due to violating NFL’s substance abuse policy:

Marlon Moore (1)

Nigel Bradham (1)

Dwayne Bowe (1)

Chris Lewis-Harris (2)

Eric Herman (4)

Rokevious Watkins (4)

Jayron Hosley (4)

Matt Prater (4)

Jakar Hamilton (4)

Donald Stephenson (4)

Stedman Bailey (4)

Lane Johnson (4)

Ace Sanders (4)

Orlando Scandrick (4)

Reshad Jones (4)

Spencer Nealy (4)

Robert Mathis (4)

Frank Alexander (4)

Brandon Moore (4)

Jake Knott (4)

Will Hill (6)

Josh Gordon (16)

LaVon Brazill (16)


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