After failing multiple drug tests, LaVon Brazill of the Indianapolis Colts has now been suspended for an entire year. This is the second time he has been suspended for a drug-related incident in his short career. It is pretty clear what the Colts now have to do with the third-year wide receiver: cut him from the team.
There should be no room for distractions like this on a team that is looking to be a Super Bowl contender this year. The Colts are already deep at the wide receiver position this year, and Brazill’s talent does not outweigh the headaches for the team. The wide receiver battle in training camp is looking to be the most competitive position battle, making the need to cut the troubled WR all the more obvious.
The impact of the suspension on the roster is pretty clear now. Guys like Griff Whalen and Da’rick Rogers now have a great shot at making the final roster and receive playing time. This also means that rookie Donte Moncrief could jump ahead a couple of spots on the depth chart. This could be a blessing in disguise for those receivers, who should now be able to make an impact right away. The Colts have a lot of talent at the wide receiver position, and this loss is nowhere close to the Robert Mathis one in terms of impact on the team.
It is always hard to imagine how a player could end up failing a drug test not only once, but multiple times, but Brazill is going to have to live up to consequences now. His short career of playing professional football is probably over, and it’s unlikely that another team will taking a flyer on him.