2 players, including Super Bowl champion, suspended 3 games for violating drug policy

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The NFL on Wednesday suspended two players for allegedly violating the league’s drug abuse policy.

Los Angeles Rams tight end Brycen Hopkins and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee will both be out for their teams’ next three games.

Hopkins, son of former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Brad Hopkins, caught four passes for 47 yards for the Rams in the 2022 Super Bowl after Tyler Higbee missed the game with an injury and a replacement. Kendall Blanton suffered a shoulder injury in the first half. .

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Brycen Hopkins of the Los Angeles Rams takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2022 NFL Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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This year, Hopkins has only been on the court eight times in the Rams’ first two games.

Higbee is the only tight end on the Rams’ active roster after Hopkins’ suspension, so the team will have to bring in someone from the practice squad or scour the free agent market.

Hopkins was a fourth-round Purdue selection in 2020 after being named to the All-Big Ten first team his senior year. He can return on October 16 against the Carolina Panthers.

Los Angeles Rams tight end Brycen Hopkins runs after the catch during an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Chargers on August 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, In California.

Los Angeles Rams tight end Brycen Hopkins runs after the catch during an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Chargers on August 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, In California.
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Kazee is on injured reserve, so he was expected to miss the Steelers’ next two games anyway. Now, he won’t be active until their Week 6 game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will not receive a salary for the three games he misses.

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The safety was a fifth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, where he spent his first four seasons. He played last year with the Dallas Cowboys and signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh in May. Since 2018, he has started 48 of 52 games played.

Damontae Kazee (24) of the Pittsburgh Steelers defends during the first half of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on August 20, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Damontae Kazee (24) of the Pittsburgh Steelers defends during the first half of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on August 20, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.
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He was arrested for a CFA in October 2021.

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