Hill had initially appealed the suspension when the length was unknown. Since the most recent offense is technically Hill’s third strike, there was speculation that the suspension could be for the entire season. However, the Giants announced Friday that the suspension would be for the first six games, making Hill eligible to return to the roster on Oct. 13.
Now the question is whether or not New York will keep Hill on the team since his off-the-field problems seem to be permanent.
In 2012, Hill was suspended for Adderall use. He also missed the first four games of the 2013 season because he was suspended for substance abuse, which turned out to be for marijuana. This latest suspension is also due to marijuana use.
New York’s patience with Hill has to be wearing thin. The only reason Hill is still on the squad is because of the breakout season he had last year when he finally made it back onto the field. Hill is an electric player who provided a much-needed spark to the Giants secondary. However, it now seems that his drug abuse may stunt a potentially long and prosperous career on the NFL stage.
The Giants re-signed Stevie Brown this offseason and he is pegged to start alongside veteran Antrel Rolle, so the team does have options if they do intend on parting ways with Hill. At this point, a move like that would likely shock no one, as Tom Coughlin has the reputation of being a no-nonsense type of coach. No matter how much talent he has, if Hill cannot stay on the field, New York will not move forward with him.