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Free agent DT Sammie Lee Hill suspended for at least a year

18 December 2011: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill (91) during the NFL regular season game between the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
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Sammie Lee Hill booked a workout with the Jets earlier this month. It could be his last NFL activity.

The free agent defensive lineman has drawn a suspension for at least one year, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports. This comes after the 30-year-old former Titans starter served a four-game suspension to start this season.

It’s not clear at this point what triggered Hill’s latest suspension, but it could conclude his NFL career after seven seasons. The former fourth-round Lions pick incurred his four-game ban for substance abuse, so pointing to that issue is logical. Yates describes this as a ban for the period of “at least a year,” so Hill could suffer the same fate Justin Blackmon, Josh Gordon or Daryl Washington have.

Hill’s Jets workout served as his only avenue to return to the league this season, with free agent interest cooling. Hill did meet with the Seahawks in March, but the organization opted for other solutions at defensive tackle. He won’t be eligible to play until at least November 2017, when he’ll be 31 and out of football for nearly two years.

Hill began his career playing four seasons with the Lions and has been a multi-game starter in each of the seven seasons for which he was employed. He has seven sacks and five fumble recoveries in his career, one that ventured to Nashville for three Titans seasons from 2013-15. The 331-pound talent started 15 games during the 2014 season but saw injuries derail him last season, limiting him to five starts in 10 games for a Titans team that earned the No. 1 pick in the draft.

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