The NFL on Monday suspended Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa the first four games of the 2017 regular season without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
The suspension continues an unusual and unfortunate offseason for Odighizuwa, 25, a third-round Giants 2014 draft pick out of UCLA.
In April, the defensive end tweeted, “I believe it’s in my best interest to take some time to get away from the game.” But then he reported to the Giants anyway, and since the Giants’ public relations department has not allowed Odighizuwa to speak to the media.
Odighizuwa would be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on Oct. 2, following Week 4, if he were still on the team at that point. He is eligible to participate in all remaining preseason practices and games, but he already had fallen far down the depth chart entering a make-or-break season.
The Giants had no comment and neither did Odighizuwa’s agents.
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