The NFL announced on Tuesday that Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson will be suspended for the first three games of the 2010 season. Per a league source, other suspensions could be announced soon.
The source explained that a flurry of appeal hearings were conducted by the league in the last two weeks of June. The league typically schedules a cluster of hearings for that same general time frame, so that suspensions can be finalized — or scuttled — before the season begins.
In many cases, the confidentiality process works, and no word of a potential suspension emerges until it has been finalized. Also, we’ve consistently heard that many players have avoided suspensions successfully via the appeals process, and their names never have been leaked to the media.
This year, it remains to be seen whether other players will find themselves exiled from their teams once the regular season begins. But don’t be surprised if more names are revealed sooner rather than later.