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The NFL issued suspensions to two players on Wednesday for allegedly violating the league’s drug abuse policy.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Brycen Hopkins and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee both will be out for their teams’ next three games.
Hopkins, son of former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Brad Hopkins, caught four passes for 47 yards for the Rams in the 2022 Super Bowl after Tyler Higbee missed the game with an injury and a replacement. Kendall Blanton suffered a shoulder injury in the first half. .
This year, Hopkins has only been on the court eight times in the Rams’ first two games.
Higbee is the only tight end on the Rams’ active roster after Hopkins’ suspension, so the team will have to bring in someone from the practice squad or scour the free agent market.
Hopkins was a fourth-round Purdue selection in 2020 after being named to the All-Big Ten first team his senior year. I can come back Oct. 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
Kazee is on injured reserve so he had to miss the next two Steelers games Either way, he won’t be active until their Week 6 game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will not receive a salary for the three games he missed.
The safety was a fifth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, where he spent his first four seasons. I played last year with Dallas Cowboys and signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh in May. Since 2018, he has started 48 of 52 games played.
He was arrested for a CFA in October 2021.