Rams running back Trey Watts has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, the NFL announced today, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter links). Watts’ ban stems from a violation of the league’s policy on substances of abuse.
Watts, who joined the Rams just over a year ago as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa, earned a spot on the club’s regular season roster for 2014. He didn’t see the field much, but the 24-year-old received a handful of offensive snaps, rushing seven times for 30 yards and catching three passes for 18 yards. Watts also contributed on special teams, recording seven tackles in kick and punt coverage.
Watts’ suspension may ultimately lead to his release, since his hold on a roster spot for 2015 already appeared to be precarious. In addition to first-round pick Todd Gurley, the Rams are also carrying Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, Isaiah Pead, and multiple undrafted rookies.