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Rams' Watkins draws one-game suspension

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St. Louis Rams second-year guard Rokevious Watkins has been suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the league confirmed Wednesday.

Watkins is permitted to participate in all of the team's offseason activities as well as training camp and preseason games. The suspension takes effect at the cutdown to 53 players.

Players in the NFL testing program that advance to the suspension stage are usually suspended for four games. Thus, it seems unlikely that Watkins violated that portion of the policy.

For violations of the law, including alcohol, the commissioner can and has imposed suspensions of fewer than four games.

Watkins was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 draft and reported to the team's offseason program out of shape. He worked his way into playing shape in training camp and was expected to see playing time at left guard.
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