Updates from Monday, July 14
ESPN's Adam Caplan confirms LaVon Brazill's free-agent status:
He won't find a new home this season. Brazill's sixth-round pedigree coupled with his off-the-field woes means his phone won't be ringing off the hook when/if he's eventually reinstated.
Updates from Friday, July 11
The Colts announced that Brazill has been waived.
LaVon Brazill has become the latest NFL player suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy:
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com first reported the news Thursday:
The Colts confirmed the news of Brazill's suspension (via Phillip B. Wilson via The Indianapolis Star):
The Indianapolis Colts receiver had shown promise in his first two years with the team after being drafted in the sixth round in 2012. In 25 games, he had totaled 23 catches, 347 yards and three touchdowns.
Unfortunately, the 25-year-old player had problems off the field with drug use and was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season. According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, Brazill explained at the time that he had learned his lesson:
I shot myself in the foot on that. I didn't take that serious, but now I see that it's serious. Like I said, I'm putting that in the past and I'm moving forward now. [...]
No more of this. No more of this. This is out of my life and I'm done.
Obviously, things did not change as much as he wanted, as the latest violation will keep him out for an entire year.
Despite his obvious talent, this kind of behavior is only impacting the team in a negative way. Not only does it take him off the field, but it also serves as a distraction and brings negative publicity. By the time he is ready to return, there might not be a job opportunity waiting for him.
On the other side of the situation, the Colts will be disappointed to lose quality depth at receiver, but they are more than prepared to handle the loss. Between Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and the newly-acquired Hakeem Nicks, quarterback Andrew Luck will have plenty of options next season.
Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star also points out that this suspension likely clears the way for Griff Whalen to remain on the roster:
Add in high-upside youngster Da'Rick Rogers, and the Colts will be just fine without Brazill in 2014-15. Still, this remains a disappointing turn of events for a young player with so much potential.
It remains to be seen how this news will impact Brazill's future with the Colts.
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