Austin Pettis: Rams' Rookie Wide Receiver Latest Athlete Suspended for PED Use

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 21, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Austin Pettis #18 of the St. Louis Rams runs the ball by defensive back Buster Skrine #22 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A season that has been awful will only get worse for the St. Louis Rams, as rookie wide receiver Austin Pettis will be suspended for violating performance enhancing drug policy. 

News broke Wednesday evening via the official Twitter feed of the St. Louis Rams that Pettis would indeed suffer a four-game suspension. 

The team's Twitter feed quoted head coach Steve Spagnuolo and went further into the issue in the span of three tweets. 

Pettis was a third-round pick out of Boise State and has played in 12 games this season, catching 27 passes for 256 yards. This is just the latest sign that the Rams would rather forget all about this horrible year. 

The season began with one flash of brilliance, as Steven Jackson ran into the end zone against the Philadelphia Eagles, only to hurt himself in the process. The Eagles would then go on to rout the Rams, and the rest has been miserable history. 

Fate is not without a sense of humor, as a season that began in the dumps will finish with another blemish to the reputation of the franchise. 

Pettis will now miss the last two games of the 2011 season, a game at the Pittsburgh Steelers and at home against the San Francisco 49ers

That puts an already shaky Rams receiver corps in a precarious spot. This hardly serves to help a squad that is just playing for pride at the moment. Even that is not coming easy these days for the St. Louis Rams.