NFL Suspends Former Ohio Receiver Brazill Four Games

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Bryan Vance

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Updated Mon, Jun 24, 2013 4:53 pm
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Ohio wide receiver LaVon Brazill runs after making a catch against Kent State. As of October 1, Brazill is just 12 catches away from being Ohio's all-time leader in receptions.

Former Ohio Bobcats receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension was first reported Monday afternoon by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and has since been confirmed by ProFootballTalk.com’s Josh Alper.

The league has not released what Brazill tested positive for.

Brazill, who currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts, will still be allowed to participate in the team’s training camp and preseason games. But he will miss the first four games, without pay, of the Colts' regular season. His suspension will end after Indianapolis’s Sept. 29 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The speedy receiver was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft after a breakout redshirt senior season with the ‘Cats. In his final season in Athens, Brazill caught a 72 passes for a team record 1,150 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning second team All-Mac honors in the process. During his career Brazill set six individual Ohio receiving records.

This past season, as a rookie with the Colts, Brazill hauled in 11 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. The suspension will have a huge impact on the second-year receiver’s playing time as he is currently listed behind returning receivers Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and recently signed free agent Darrius Heyward-Bey on the team’s depth chart.

Brazill has three years remaining on his rookie contract, a four-year, $2.178 million deal he signed last May.

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