NFL suspensions taking a heavy toll on 2014 already

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Some of the biggest names in the sport have already been banned, headlined by a pair of top-notch linebackers.

Every year, the NFL tries to crack down on players using performance-enhancing drugs and illegal substances of any kind, including drugs such as marijuana. This offseason is no different, and quite a few players have already been nabbed by the league.

In 2014, the NFL has suspended 16 players for violations so far, with some of the biggest names in the game on the list. Let's take a look at the details in the chart below:

Player Reason Length First offense? Cost
Ray Rice Conduct detrimental to the league 2 games Yes $528,588
Fred Davis Substance abuse Indefinite No N/A
Jake Knott PEDs 4 games Yes $116,470.00
Brandon Moore Substance abuse 4 games Yes $98,823.00
Frank Alexander Substance abuse 4 games Yes $134,117.00
Stedman Bailey PEDs 4 games Yes $120,551.00
Robert Mathis PEDs 4 games Yes $705,882.00
Daryl Washington Substance abuse 1 year No $3,000,000.00
Will Hill Substance abuse 6 games No $201,176.00
Jayron Hosley Substance abuse 4 games Yes $134,117.00
Lane Johnson PEDs 4 games Yes $123,750.00
Dion Jordan PEDs 4 games Yes $123,750.00
Rokevious Watkins Substance abuse 4 games No $123,750.00
LaVon Brazill PEDs 1 year No $570,000.00
Nigel Bradham Conduct detrimental to the league 1 game Yes TBA
Orlando Scandrick PEDs 4 games Yes $187,500

One pending suspension is that of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon, who led the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,646, is facing a potential yearlong ban for violating the substance abuse policy. Should he be suspended, this would be the second time in his NFL career. He also violated the substance abuse policy in 2013 and was banned for the first two games of the season.

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