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Giants' Hill suspended again; Freeman cut loose

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New York Giants safety Will Hill lost his appeal and was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The Giants also made news Friday with the release of quarterback Josh Freeman, who signed with the team during the offseason to compete for a backup spot behind starter Eli Manning.

The league announced that Hill will have to sit out through the Oct. 12 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He will eligible to return the day after.

The suspension applies to regular-season games and practice. He will be able to practice during the offseason and play in preseason games.

The failed drug test was the third for Hill in his three years in the league.

The latest penalty comes 10 months after Hill was suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He later acknowledged that he used marijuana. Once he returned last season, Hill had 77 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games.

The first failed test came during his rookie season in 2012 when he was suspended for four games for what he later admissed to be Adderall use.

The 24-year-old Hill practiced with the second-team defense on Thursday.

Veteran Stevie Brown is expected to step to fill Hill's safety spot. The Giants also drafted safety Nat Berhe in the fifth round and added former Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett during the offseason.

Freeman's departure leaves the Giants with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib as potential reserves behind Manning, who is coming back from offseason ankle surgery. Manning worked with the team during organized team activities this week.

Freeman left the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers last season and ended up in Minnesota, playing one game for the Vikings when he was ill-prepared.
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