6:16pm: Free agent wideout Jace Davis has also received a suspension, reports Pro Football Talk (Twitter link). The league has given Davis a harsher punishment than it handed Pierce, suspending him for four weeks. The Broncos waived Davis in February after a DUI arrest, per Zac Jackson of PFT. Davis, 24, hasn’t recorded any stats during his NFL career.
5:52pm: The NFL has suspended free agent running back Bernard Pierce for the first two weeks of the 2016 season, reports Field Yates of ESPN (Twitter link). No reason has been given yet for Pierce’s suspension. It’s worth noting, though, that he has dealt with substance abuse issues in the past, having been arrested on a DUI charge last offseason.
Pierce appeared in seven games with the Jaguars in 2015 and totaled just six carries for 11 yards. The 24-year-old spent the first three seasons of his career with the Ravens after they used a 2012 third-round pick on him, and he showed significant promise as a rookie. That year, the ex-Temple Owl averaged 4.9 yards per rush on 108 attempts. Pierce added a combined 802 rushing yards the next two seasons in Baltimore, but on a meager 3.3 yards per carry. As a free agent, he hasn’t publicly drawn interest from any NFL teams this offseason.