Former Panthers and Jets WR Stephen Hill suspended 2 weeks

The NFL has suspended wide receiver Stephen Hill, formerly of the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets, for the next two weeks, according to sources.

The Jets originally drafted Hill in the second-round of the 2012 draft out of Georgia Tech and he spent the first two seasons of his career in New York. The team actually traded their fifth and seventh round selection to the Seattle Seahawks in order to move up four spots and select Hill with the 43rd pick that year.

After signing a four-year, $5 million rookie contract, Hill was named a starting receiver alongside Santonio Holmes. Although it lacked a defining moment, Hill produced a solid rookie season before going on IR late in the season with a sprained LCL in his knee. He finished the 2012 season with 21 receptions and 252 yards.

Unfortunately a knee injury would once again end his 2013 season, as he was forced to go on IR for the second year in a row. The Jets released him shortly before the 2014 season as a result.

He then signed with the Panthers and spent the entire 2014 season on their practice squad. He remained on the team in the offseason after the year, but he suffered a terrifying non-contact knee injury in practice and was released with an injury settlement shortly afterward.

That being said, Hill has not returned to the NFL since that devastating injury. So his suspension is of little significance. The receiver did try to make a comeback return this past offseason with the Panthers, but his knee was not up to the task and he was released just before the season started.

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