Colts' Antonio Garcia Suspended 4 Games for Violation of NFL's PED Policy

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30:  A helmet of the Indianapolis Colts rests on the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Antonio Garcia is going to miss the first month of the 2019 NFL season.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Garcia has been suspended four games without pay for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

Garcia was a 2017 third-round pick of the New England Patriots but was waived last offseason after spending the majority of his rookie season on the non-football injury list. After failing to stick with the New York Jets, he signed with the Colts and spent the second half of last season on the team's practice squad. 

While Garcia will be able to go through training camp and the preseason with the team, he was already a long shot to make the 53-man roster.

Anthony Costanzo, Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinski and Braden Smith make an excellent starting group, while Joe Haeg, Evan Boehm, J'Marcus Webb and Le'Raven Clark are all experienced backups with starting experience.

Given that depth ahead of him and the fact that he'll miss the first month of the season, Garcia is a prime candidate to be released barring an impressive summer.