On the field, the first two seasons of former LSU star Jalen Collins’ NFL career have been excellent. Unfortunately, his second off-field problem is reportedly going to cost him much of his third season with the Atlanta Falcons.
As reported by NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal on Sunday, Collins has been suspended by the league for 10 games after he violated the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy:
Falcons announce CB Jalen Collins suspended 10 games for violating PED policy. Explains his recent demotion
— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) August 6, 2017
Collins also missed the first four games of last season for a violation of the policy.
“We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith. “Such are the consequences when certain choices are made. Our decisions going forward will be based on what Dan and I feel is best for the team.”
Ten games is the maximum suspension allowed by the policy, and Collins’ team — the defending NFC champions — will be without one of its main contributors for much of the season. It is unclear at this time why or what substance caused Collins’ failed test, but regardless, this is a massive step back for a player who looked to be on his way to an excellent professional career.