Jalen Collins Agrees to Colts Contract After Serving 4th NFL Drug Suspension

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2018

Atlanta Falcons' Jalen Collins (32) runs back an interception against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. The Falcons won 33-16. (AP photo/Bob Leverone)
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The Indianapolis Colts announced they signed former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins to their practice squad Thursday.

Collins, who's received four suspensions from the NFL since the Falcons selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft out of LSU, was released by Atlanta last November. He received a 10-game ban in April (via ESPN's Field Yates), making him eligible to return this week.

In August 2017, Collins said, "I know I let a lot of people down," after news of his second suspension became public.

"Everybody is really disappointed, including myself," he told reporters at the time. "This is something that I've been struggling with. I'm working on it to put it behind me and I'm just ready to move forward."

He was then banned four games last December and the first 10 games of the 2018 season following his departure from the Falcons organization.

Collins tallied 48 combined tackles, 10 passes defended and two interceptions across 24 games with Atlanta between the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The 25-year-old Missouri native can be called up from the Colts' practice squad at any time, but he's also eligible to sign with another NFL team unless moved to the active 53-man roster by Indy.