Washington Redskins: Marijuana Citation Sinks Bashaud Breeland's Preseason Stock

By Jason Bailey
Bashaud Breeland
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Corner Bashaud Breeland has been flagged by the Washington Redskins‘ coaching staff and the VCU police department on the grounds of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana on the university’s campus. No additional information has been disclosed to this point by the campus police detail or the Redskins, though a spokesman for the team did issue a statement saying that the team is aware of the incident.

As a rookie, you definitely want to stand out during the preseason to earn a coveted place on the team’s final 53-man roster, but engaging in this kind of activity is going in the opposite direction. A hearing has been scheduled for August 26 in Richmond, and it would be fair to say that the NFL does not look exactly smile on infractions of this nature.

In fact, the league typically throws cases like this under the gun. Breeland’s career in the NFL could be over before it ever really got started because the league and the Redskins reserve the right to observe a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to cases of bona fide stupidity.

League policy suggests that players who are cited for abusing substances that are non-alcohol in nature are subject to disciplinary action from commissioner Roger Goodell. That means the Redskins’ secondary, which has already been plagued with a score of injuries, inexperience and incompetence, remains frighteningly surrounded by question marks.

Breeland was a decorated fourth-round shutdown defensive back from Clemson whose collegiate seasons were fill with promise, and he was being groomed to upgrade a depleted outfield in the not-too-distant future. However, the former standout has really thrown ice over his immediate future with the organization. I’m thinking head coach Jay Gruden is probably not going to respond well to this development within his ranks.

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