Jalen Collins has not played in a regular-season game since the 2016 season, and he’s now without a team. He was reported to be facing another suspension, and now some clarity has emerged on that front.
The NFL suspended the free agent cornerback 10 games, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). This will mark the second straight season that’s involved a 10-game Collins ban.
Following the conclusion of Collins’ most recent 10-game suspension, the Falcons did not activate him and ended up waiving him. He went unclaimed in November, and this figures to decrease his chances of landing with a team in the near future. A 2015 second-round pick, Collins started eight games for the Falcons and played in 24. He started all three of Atlanta’s games in the 2016 playoffs, including Super Bowl LI.
Collins incurred a four-game suspension in 2016. Both of his previous two bans were for performance-enhancing drug use. It hasn’t been specified what caused this latest suspension, but were it for PEDs, the penalty would be longer than 10 games.
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