The Indianapolis Colts can now count themselves among the growing list of teams to be hit with PED related suspensions - an honour I’m sure they would much rather have no part in.
The Colts broke the news Monday with an NFL spokesperson that LaVon Brazill will be suspended, without pay, for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Brazill will be allowed to play in the team’s preseason, but won’t return to the club after that until September 29th, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brazill was a sixth-round draft pick of the Colts from the 2012 draft. In his rookie season with the club he posted a modest 11 reception campaign, good for 186 yards and one touchdown. Losing Brazill is far from devastating, but he was set to take over as the fourth receiver on the depth chart. For whatever that’s worth.
Once the news was made public, Brazill took to his twitter account to both express his appreciation for the “haters” and express his optimism regarding a successful comeback.
I love hater.— LaVon Brazill (@BrazillLaVon) June 24, 2013
Minor setback for a major comeback— LaVon Brazill (@BrazillLaVon) June 24, 2013
There’s some speculation that the Colts, who expressed an interest in getting better at receiver earlier in the offseason, knew this suspension was coming. If that was the case, they certainly prepared well for it by signing Darrius Heyward-Bey, who possesses a very similar skill set to Brazill.
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