The NFL announced it has suspended Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Bobby Brown without pay for the first six games of the 2022 season after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The 21-year-old will be eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 17, following the Rams’ Week 6 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
Brown’s first opportunity for game action will be in Week 8 against the San Francisco 49ers as the Rams have a bye the previous week.
According to Jourdan Rodrigue of the L.A. Times, Brown can continue practicing with the Rams and will even be allowed to play in the preseason:
Per NFL spokesperson: Rams DL Bobby Brown has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2022 season for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. He can practice and play in the preseason but can’t come back to the active roster until Oct 17.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) July 18, 2022
The Rams selected Brown in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. He appeared in 10 games last season but only saw 22 snaps on defense and made just one tackle.
Brown was expected to take on an increased role this year following the departure of Sebastian Joseph-Day in free agency, but he will have to work his way up the depth chart upon returning from his suspension.