For the second time in a week, the St. Louis Rams had one of their drafted players from 2012 suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL policy on substances of abuse.
The latest is running back Isaiah Pead, one of three second-round picks last year, who is expected to be in the mix for a major role following the free-agent departure of Steven Jackson. The NFL announced the suspension Friday.
Last week, guard Rokevious Watkins, the team's fifth-round pick in 2012, was also suspended for one game. Both players are permitted to participate in all offseason activities, training camp and preseason games.
The suspension takes effect following the cutdown to 53 players.
Pead had little impact last season when he was beaten out by seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson for the backup job behind Jackson. He missed most of the offseason program because of the late graduation at his school, the University of Cincinnati.
Pead carried just 10 times for 54 yards, caught three passes for 16 yards and returned 10 kickoffs for a 21.2-yard average in 2012.
In addition to Pead and Watkins, two other players from the 2012 draft were also suspended one game. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (second round) and wide receiver Chris Givens (fourth round) were suspended by the team for a violation of team rules prior to the team's Nov. 11 game in San Francisco.
The Pead suspension now subjects the Rams to a fine for having multiple suspensions in the same year. According to league rules, the Rams will face a minimal fine, equal to 25 percent of the salary Pead will lose during the suspension.
His base salary for 2013 is $573,550, so he will lose $33,738.24. Twenty-five percent of the latter figure is $8,434.56