Six NFL Players Who Had Game Suspensions in 2012

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Misconduct, unnecessary roughness, and violating any of the NFL's policies are some of the reasons why an NFL player could receive game suspensions. The latest NFL player suspended for three games in 2012 for violating the leagues policy on substance abuse is 49ers Clark Haggans. In 2011, Haggans was arrested for DUI. In June, Haggans served a nine-day sentence. The following NFL players also had game suspensions in 2012:

Tyler Sash

In 2012, New York Giants Tyler Sash was suspended for four games without pay by the NFL because he violated their policy on performance-enhancing substances. Sash will be eligible to return on September 30 when the New York Giants play against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tanard Jackson

Redskins safety Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely in 2012 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The NFL will review his case in a year. Jackson was suspended two previous times from the NFL. In 2009, Tanard was suspended for four games because of an NFL-mandate suspension. In 2010, Jackson was suspened indefinitely because he violated the league's substance-abuse policy. In October 2011, Jackson was reinstated.

Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson of the Minnesota Vikings received a three-game suspension in 2012 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Simpson's suspension also restricts him from going to the weight room and exercising with his team, but he can workout there on his own.

Mike Neal

In March 2012, Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal received a suspension without pay four the first four games of the 2012 season. Neal was suspended because he violated the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Neal is eligible to be added to the Packers' roster after the team plays their fourth regular game of the season.

Dontay Moch

Cincinnati Bengals Dontay Moch received a four game suspension for the regular 2012 NFL season for violating the performance enhancing substance policy. Moch was allowed to participate in the off-season workouts, preseason games and training camp.

Weslye Saunders

In February 2012, Weslye Saunders of the Pittsburgh Steelers was suspended for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. In August 2012, Saunders second appeal of suspension was denied. The Steelers placed Saunders on the reserve/suspended list.

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