Skip to content

Commish suspends a slew of free agents

Wild Card Playoffs - New York Jets v Indianapolis Colts Getty Images

As to players who are on NFL rosters, most if not all suspensions commencing as of Week One have been announced.

A smattering of free agents also have been suspended.

Per a league source, the Commissioner has suspended linebacker Eric Alexander (four games) linebacker Eric Barton (four games), tackle Robert Brewster (four games), linebacker Vinny Ciurciu (four games), linebacker Harry Coleman (one game), defensive end Charles Grant (two games), linebacker Brandon Lang (four games), running back Dominic Rhodes (one year), defensive tackle Pat Williams (two games).

Grant and Williams were suspended as a result of the 2008 StarCaps situation.  Rhodes (pictured), whom many believe should have been the MVP of Super Bowl XLI (sorry, Peyton), likely has seen his NFL career end, given that he won’t be able to play for all of the 2011 season.

Permalink 31 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Rumor Mill
31 Responses to “Commish suspends a slew of free agents”
  1. olsonm4 says: Sep 3, 2011 9:56 PM

    Why was Rhodes suspended. Anyone know? Was the commish on a roll and couldn’t stop?

  2. clavette says: Sep 3, 2011 9:56 PM

    do you know what these guys have been suspended for?

  3. mmmpieyummy says: Sep 3, 2011 10:00 PM

    Would be nice to know why they are suspended Mike…are we just to assume it’s because of substance abuse? Why Rhodes for a year?

  4. Ick McWang says: Sep 3, 2011 10:15 PM

    sounds like rhodes was in the drug\substance\whatever program and we didn’t know about it, unless I missed something

  5. blspears says: Sep 3, 2011 10:25 PM

    Hey Goodell suspend yourself, you suck.

  6. cletusvandam says: Sep 3, 2011 10:27 PM

    All these guys getting suspended and they aren’t even testing for HGH. No wonder the union is so against testing.

  7. deuce2222 says: Sep 3, 2011 10:40 PM

    Gents,

    Read the article. He did say why they were suspended in the last paragraph.

    It was the fallout from the Starcaps case.

  8. cjepp says: Sep 3, 2011 10:42 PM

    Barton is retired. Ok??….

  9. rockieschef says: Sep 3, 2011 10:48 PM

    I think 90% of it is test positive for HGH

  10. iammetfan says: Sep 3, 2011 11:56 PM

    Hey duece, maybe you need to read the article. It only says why 2 of the players were suspended. Try again.

  11. tnelson1978 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:11 AM

    He was a repeat violator of the NFL’s substance abuse policy…….strike three.

  12. jaydog76 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:15 AM

    Rhodes got busted with Mary J here in Indianapolis a while back, I’m sure the suspension was related to that. I was thinking it was his 2nd time, but not sure.

  13. deuce2222 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:55 AM

    Metfan,

    What are you twelve? I love guys who talk tough on the Internet.

    All these guys were suspended for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The two were because of the starcaps (also a violation of the substance abuse policy).

  14. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 4, 2011 1:18 AM

    He should suspend all the Bears just because they STILL SUCK!!!

  15. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Sep 4, 2011 4:39 AM

    @deuce2222

    You should be banned for writing on here after that stupid post…3rd graders can read and comprehend better than you

  16. stanklepoot says: Sep 4, 2011 7:18 AM

    Yep, it was the three strike rule for Rhodes. As for Barton, that “suspension” brought a humorous tweet from Barton himself. Not going to copy and paste it, but basically, Barton asked the commish exactly what he was being suspended from, given that he’s been retired for about a month now. Barton thought it rather ridiculous that the commish felt the need to start suspending retired players and ended by referring to him as GODell.

  17. blspears says: Sep 4, 2011 7:59 AM

    Maybe Goodell should smoke some chronic and chill out.

  18. wicky888 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:10 AM

    So he suspends signed players, free agents, undrafted players, retired players…… who’s next?

  19. highspirits1 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    “So he suspends signed players, free agents, undrafted players, retired players…… who’s next?”

    Deceased players.

  20. jmt8251 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:05 AM

    Its amazing how he has no problem suspending players for performance enhancing to get a edge on the game but Bill Belecheat of the Patriots cheated for years and not get 1 game suspension when everyone in the NFL knew he was cheating and the Goodell turned his head. He did not fine the Pats until the press got wind of it and forced his hand. Then he claims he burned the tapes would not tell other teams what the Pats had on them and took Belecheats word that he did not have anymore tapes. This is the same man that cheated on his wife and his income tax. Well if you are a Steeler or Patrioits things just seem to disappear. I am still wondering why Hines Ward has not received any discipline for 2 DUIs in 1 month.

  21. gerryf19 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:09 AM

    Re: who’s next?

    I don’t know but I am worried it’s posters on Internet bulletin boards!

  22. cubano76 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:38 AM

    Dear Rodger,

    I’d like you to consider the following for suspension as well:

    1. Daniel Synder: for being a douche
    2. Rex Ryan: for being a less fat douche
    3. Jon Gruden: for being the “I love what this guy brings” douche

    Hold on, brb. Pastor is about to start preaching……….

  23. jebsta16 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    Just to fill you guys in, Goodell has a committee that hands out these suspensions. He is not the sole person who goes around deciding who should be suspended. It is actually decided on by a group but writers like this DB only list Goodell because of his status and it turns fans and players against him for no reason. And those who get suspended get it for a reason. I am glad they are taking action on players who cheat retired or not.

  24. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 11:48 AM

    Officer Goodell had to make his suspension quota BEFORE the big holiday weekend.

  25. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 11:49 AM

    Please Goodell, suspend Alex Smith, Rex Grossman, and Kyle boller for showing up every year and continually sucking.

  26. nycoccet says: Sep 4, 2011 11:52 AM

    He suspended the retired player so he don’t have to deal with it if he unretire like so many NFL players do and I’m sure he made these decisions awhile before he was retired.

  27. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 11:52 AM

    So he suspends signed players, free agents, undrafted players, retired players…… who’s next?
    —————————————————–
    NCAA Players before they’re even drafted.

  28. lexnekst says: Sep 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    Just to fill you guys in, Goodell has a committee that hands out these suspensions. He is not the sole person who goes around deciding who should be suspended. It is actually decided on by a group but writers like this DB only list Goodell because of his status and it turns fans and players against him for no reason. And those who get suspended get it for a reason. I am glad they are taking action on players who cheat retired or not.
    =================================
    Just to fill you in, when you get the title and salary of COMMISSIONER of the most lucrative sport in America- you get the credit for good, and blamed for the bad. Like a QB. Also, none of us need you to fill us in- Unless you know the exact causes for all these suspensions you sound like a corporate shill.

  29. deuce2222 says: Sep 4, 2011 12:55 PM

    @gerryf19

    I agree. I don’t understand the tough internet talk on this post.

    I made a mistake and the Internet tough guys were quick to bash.

    My original post was not meant to be derogatory or bashing in nature. Amazingly enough, a couple of third party posters who had nothing to do with the original post had to chime in.

  30. dirtdawg55 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:21 PM

    Reasons for suspensions were only given for Grant and Williams.

    Rhodes had already been twice suspended under the substance abuse policy. A one year suspension normally accompanies a third strike.

    Suspending Barton isn’t that ludicrous. First, he only recently retired. It’s not as if he retired five years ago. And saying you are retired and filing formal papers are two different things. Even if you have filed papers, a suspension of a recently retired player still accomplishes two goals: 1) it ensures that player misses games if he chooses to (geez, guess that never happens, huh?) and 2) it sends a message to active players that if they violate NFL policies they will face consequences.

  31. Deb says: Sep 4, 2011 9:44 PM

    Oh for heaven’s sake. It’s 9:44. Do you know why your players were suspended? We know why two of these guys were but I’d love to know what’s up with the rest.

    And jebsta16, just to fill you in, Goodell recently won the role of god in the NFL production of I Suspend. It was part of the labor deal. Like our previous president, he’s the Decider.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!