The NFL announced Monday afternoon that Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. With all that being said, many fans will question what’s next and what does this mean for the team going forward?
First off, Brazill will be able to participate in training camp and the four preseason games. His suspension doesn’t start until Week 1 of the NFL regular season. He won’t be able to play a regular season game until the home game with the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 6.
What it means for the Colts and their win/loss for the first four games is realistically nothing other than a minor inconvenience.
Indianapolis should be no worse than 3-1 after the Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sept. 29. Brazill wouldn’t have helped or hurt their chances in either of those four games as he likely would have been fourth on the depth chart at best entering this season.
Brazill is entering his second season in the NFL after catching only 11 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown reception couldn’t have been more crucial as it came late in the game of an epic comeback at the Detroit Lions.
Still, the Colts return Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton and signed Darrius Heyward-Bey this offseason, so those three would have made the most contributions anyways.
What it means to Brazill, though, could be a roster spot with this team.
Brazill was already under fire by the coaching staff for his effort. There were rumors circulating that Griff Whalen could beat out Brazill for the fourth wide receiver spot and Brazill would be cut this preseason. Now with getting suspended for the first four games to go along with the lack of effort may have cost him his job.
If he lasts through training camp, the four preseason games better be some of the best performances we’d ever seen out of a receiver. His job depends on it because he’s going to miss a full month of the year and the Colts could decide they’re better off without when he’s eligible to return.
So, going forward, the impact is minimal for the Colts, but crucial for Brazill.