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Giants safety Will Hill suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy

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The New York Giants announced that second-year safety Will Hill has been suspended without pay for four games by the National Football League for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Hill will eligible to participate in the team's training camp and preseason, but his suspension will begin in Week 1 and will expire following the Giants' Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Hill's four-game suspension will cost him $112,941 in base salary.

For Hill, this will be his second four-game suspension since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Hill was suspended for four games in the middle of his rookie season after violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs. That suspension — which was attributed to Adderall, which Hill has a prescription for — cost the rookie $91,765 in salary and should have served as a wake-up call for how things work in the NFL in regards to what substances a player allows into his body.

Hill had off-field issues, specifically issues with marijuana, at the University of Florida that prevented him from being selected in the 2011 NFL draft. Hill spent the entire 2011 season out of the NFL and was signed by the Giants following a tryout last offseason. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound safety played in 12 games for the Giants, playing in 20.19 percent of the defensive snaps and 56.24 percent of the team's special teams plays. Hill had 27 tackles, including two for a loss, with two passes defensed on defense with 11 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on special teams.

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