NFL Preview Week: Some big-name players are suspended to start the season

Four-time Super Bowl champion and two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady is certainly the most high-profile player in the league serving a suspension right now, but he’s far from the only bold name being forced to sit out.

Here’s a look at who’s out, how long they’re out, how much their suspension is costing them in salary (according to, and why they’re out:

Out at Least One Year

WR Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers ($709,805): Multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy

RB Silas Redd, Washington Redskins ($525,000): Substance abuse

Nick Boyle (AP)
Nick Boyle (AP)

Ten Games

LB Rolando McClain, Dallas Cowboys ($1,176,470): Substance abuse

TE Nick Boyle, Baltimore Ravens ($333,272): Performance-enhancing drugs

Tom Brady plays in the Patriots' preseason finale vs. the Giants (AP)
Tom Brady plays in the Patriots’ preseason finale vs. the Giants. (AP)

Four Games

QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots ($235,294): Equipment violation

DT Marcel Dareus, Buffalo Bills ($3,035,294): Substance abuse

WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns ($251,389): Substance abuse

DE Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots ($1,000,000): Performance-enhancing drugs

DT Arthur Jones, Indianapolis Colts ($847,058): Performance-enhancing drugs

LB Aaron Lynch, San Francisco 49ers ($152,824): Substance abuse

RB Karlos Williams, free agent: Substance abuse

LB Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys ($204,007): Substance abuse

DE DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys ($353,367): Substance abuse

CB Aaron Colvin, Jacksonville Jaguars ($167,833): Performance-enhancing drugs

LB Armonty Bryant, Cleveland Browns ($158,823): Performance-enhancing drugs

CB Jalen Collins, Atlanta Falcons ($290,257): Performance-enhancing drugs

OL Chris Scott, Carolina Panthers ($185,882): Performance-enhancing drugs

DT Damion Square, San Diego Chargers ($170,588): Substance abuse

CB Demetri Goodson, Green Bay Packers ($147,243): Performance-enhancing drugs

TE Darren Waller, Baltimore Ravens ($130,064): Substance abuse

WR Andrew Turzilli, Tennessee Titans ($123,529): Performance-enhancing drugs

OL Zach Sterup, Kansas City Chiefs ($105,882): Performance-enhancing drugs

Le'Veon Bell (AP)
Le’Veon Bell (AP)

Three Games

RB Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers ($154,247): Substance abuse

LB Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals ($502,941): Multiple violations of player-safety rules

Two Games

TE Andrew Quarless, Detroit Lions ($78,893): Personal conduct policy

S Shiloh Keo, Denver Broncos ($89,411): Substance abuse

One Game

DL Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets ($104,470): Personal conduct policy

K Josh Brown, New York Giants ($72,058): Personal conduct policy

S Marqueston Huff, Tennessee Titans ($41,547): Substance abuse

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