Javarris James suspended four games

AP

If running back Javarris James ever returns to an NFL field, it will be only after serving a four-game suspension.

James has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

The 25-year-old James is probably a long shot to make it back to the NFL. He missed the entire 2012 season after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for the Cardinals in the preseason, and he wasn’t expected to be part of the Cardinals’ offense this season even before this news broke.

In 2010 James showed some promise as a short-yardage back when he ran for six touchdowns with the Colts, but Indianapolis cut him in 2011.

James was arrested in 2011 for possession of marijuana. There is no word on the nature of his substance abuse policy violation this time around.