2 players, including Super Bowl champion, suspended 3 games for violating substance abuse policy

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The NFL suspended two players on Wednesday for allegedly violating the league’s drug policy.

Tight end in the Los Angeles Rams, Bryan Hopkins and Pittsburgh Steelers, Salama Damontay Kaze, both will miss their teams’ next three games.

Hopkins, son of former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans offensive linebacker Brad Hopkins, earned four passes for 47 yards for the Rams in the 2022 Super Bowl after Tyler Higby missed the game through injury and Kendall Blanton sustained a shoulder injury in the first half. .

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Brycen Hopkins of the Los Angeles Rams takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2022 NFL Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022, in Englewood, California.

Brycen Hopkins of the Los Angeles Rams takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2022 NFL Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022, in Englewood, California.
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This year, Hopkins has been on the field for just eight shots in the Rams’ first two games.

Higbee is the only tight end on the active Rams list after Hopkins is shut down, so the team will have to bring in someone from the coaching staff or search the free agent market.

Hopkins was a favorite in the 2020 fourth round of Purdue after being selected for the All-Big Ten first team in his first year. He could return on October 16 against the Carolina Panthers.

Tight end at the Los Angeles Rams, Bryan Hopkins runs after a catch during the NFL's pre-season football game against the Los Angeles Chargers on August 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Englewood, California.

Tight end at the Los Angeles Rams, Bryan Hopkins runs after a catch during the NFL’s pre-season football game against the Los Angeles Chargers on August 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Englewood, California.
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Kaze is in injured reserve, so he was set to miss the Steelers’ next two games anyway. Now, he won’t be active until his Week 6 match with the Tampa Bay Pirates. He won’t get paid for the three games he missed.

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Safety was a fifth-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, spending his first four seasons. He played last year with the Dallas Cowboys and signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh in May. Since 2018, he has started 48 out of 52 matches.

Damontay Kazee (24) of the Pittsburgh Steelers defends during the first half of a pre-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Bank Tia Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Damontay Kazee (24) of the Pittsburgh Steelers defends during the first half of a pre-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Bank Tia Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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