Total of 20 NFL players suspended for Week 1, NFC West leads way

By John Breech |

Bruce Irvin was one of five NFC West players suspended this offseason. (USATSI)
Bruce Irvin was one of five NFC West players suspended this offseason. (USATSI)

On the field, the NFC West is arguably the best division in the NFL. Off the field, the NFC West is the best at something too: player suspensions. The Rams, Seahawks, Cardinals and 49ers accounted for five of the league's 20 suspensions handed out since the 2012 season ended.

A total of 16 NFL teams had a player suspended this offseason. The tally includes players suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and players suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Besides the NFC West, the AFC North was next in line with four suspensions. The AFC West and NFC East each had three player suspensions, while the NFC South was the only division with zero suspensions.

As for individual teams, the Ravens, Redskins, Vikings and Rams led the way with two suspended players each. The Broncos, Bengals, Seahawks, Raiders, Jets, Jaguars, Colts, Giants, Cardinals, Browns, 49ers, Chiefs all had one suspended player.

Here's the complete list:

Players suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs

Eight games: Ravens defensive back Asa Jackson and Bengals defensive end DeQuin Evans.

Four games: Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, Raiders receiver Andre Holmes, Redskins defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins and Vikings offensive lineman DeMarcus Love. Former Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar is also suspended for four games, but he was cut by St. Louis on Tuesday, meaning his suspension won't start until he signs with a team.

Players suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy

Six games: Broncos linebacker Von Miller.

Four games: Jets running back Mike Goodson, Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon, Colts receiver LaVon Brazill, Giants safety Will Hill, Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson, Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, and Ravens safety Christian Thompson.

Three games: Vikings fullback Jerome Felton.

Two games: Browns receiver Josh Gordon.

One game: 49ers tight end Demarcus Dobbs, Rams running back Isaiah Pead and Chiefs offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins.

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