Free agent wide receiver Max McCaffrey is currently serving a 10-week suspension, according to Field Yates of ESPN. According to Yates, McCaffrey began serving the suspension in Week 8, thus, he has eight weeks remaining. McCaffrey was previously suspended by the league for four weeks to begin the 2018 season for an undisclosed reason as well. While there has been no reporting on the specific cause of the suspension, both suspension lengths are common for positive performance-enhancing drug tests.
The Duke alumni is probably best known for his association with other NFL players. His younger brother is Panthers phenom Christian McCaffrey and their father, Ed McCaffrey, played wide receiver for 13 NFL seasons from 1991-2003. Max McCaffrey’s career has yet to have the success of his relatives and this suspension serves as another setback.
Since turning pro in 2016, McCaffrey has bounced between 53-man and practice squad rosters for a number of organizations. He has spent time with the Raiders, Packers, Saints, Jaguars, and 49ers, but has managed just one career reception for four yards.
Going forward, the suspension could be a somewhat moot point for McCaffrey. He was recently selected in the 8th round of the XFL Draft by the DC Defenders and could be poised to seek an opportunity with Vince McMahon‘s newest project. Regardless, NFL teams will have to look elsewhere for veteran depth at the wide receiver position.