Free agent running back Alex Collins has been suspended for three games by the NFL, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). Meanwhile, Collins is also expected to receive medical clearance on his broken leg.
The suspension stems from misdemeanor charges for possession of a handgun and possession of marijuana. Collins got his legal situation squared away in early October and, roughly four weeks later, the NFL has dropped the hammer.
Collins could represent a strong addition for teams in need of backfield help in the second half of the year. As Rapoport notes, several big-name running backs like Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell were discussed at the trade deadline, but only Kenyan Drake was traded. That’s a clear signal that there’s a buyer’s market for experienced RBs, and Collins fits the bill.
Collins was never able to put it all together with the Ravens and off-the-field trouble also hampered him early in his career. But, his athleticism and age (25) suggests that there could still be some potential to unlock. Collins has started 22 games over the past two seasons and boasts a career average of 4.2 yards per carry.
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