Raiders receiver suspended four games

AP

As the regular season approaches, more appeals or more suspensions will become finalized.  For the players who lose their appeals, their suspensions will then be announced.

The latest player to be officially suspended is Raiders receiver Andre Holmes, according to Jerry McDonald of Bay Area News Group.   Holmes violated the substance-abuse policy.

The Raiders claimed Holmes on waivers in May, after he was released by the Cowboys.  Undrafted in 2011, Holmes was active for seven games last year, catching two passes for 12 yards.

A suspension arises under the substance-abuse policy only after multiple violations.  Typically, at least three violations must occur before a player is suspended four games.  Violations include positive tests, missed tests, dilute samples, or other behavior deemed to be a violation of the policy.