Having already been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2017 season due to a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, free agent cornerback Jalen Collins will reportedly have to wait even longer to make his return. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Collins has been suspended for four more games.
This is the third suspension that Collins has served in his NFL career, with the first being a four-game ban for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs last season. The second suspension was also for a PED policy violation, which is why it ran 10 games in length.
A third suspension for a violation of the league’s policy on PEDs would trigger a suspension of at least two years, with the player being allowed to apply for reinstatement after 24 months.
Collins was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and he appeared in all 16 games as a rookie with two of those appearances being starts. In his first season with the team Collins tallied 17 combined tackles. In 2016 Collins’ numbers improved despite the fact that he only played in eight regular season games, making six starts.
Last season the LSU product accounted for 31 combined tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions.
But another suspension would take Jalen Collins out of the Falcons defensive back rotation, with the team ultimately deciding to waive him on Nov. 21. No other NFL team made the move to claim Collins off of waivers or sign him once he cleared, and Thursday’s news likely provides the clue as to why that was the case.