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The NFL handed out suspensions to two players Wednesday for allegedly violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Brycen Hopkins and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee will be out for their teams’ next three games.
Hopkins, the 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 due to injury and backup Kendall Blanton suffered a shoulder injury in the first half. .
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This year, Hopkins has been on the field just eight snaps 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 search the free agent market.
Hopkins was a 2020 fourth-round draft pick out of Purdue after being named a first-team All-Big Ten his senior year. He may return Oct. 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
Kazee is on injured reserve, so he was scheduled to miss the Steelers’ next two games anyway. Now, he won’t be active until their Week 6 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will not get paid for the three games he misses.
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The safety was a fifth-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, where he spent his first four seasons. He played last year with the Dallas Cowboys and signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh in May. Since 2018 he has started in 48 of 52 games played.
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He was arrested for a DWI in October 2021.