List of suspensions in the National Football League

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The following is a list of suspensions in the National Football League (NFL). Most NFL suspensions have been player suspensions, but several coaches, an owner, and two general managers have also been suspended. After Roger Goodell became commissioner starting in 2006, the league started cracking down on players performing violent hits, as well as more frequent suspensions for violating the league's player conduct and substance abuse policy. After the 2011 season was over, Goodell handed down one of the most severe suspensions in league history when he suspended eight New Orleans Saints players and coaches for their involvement in the Saints bounty program.[1][2][3]

Player suspensions[edit]

Date suspended Suspension Length Name Position Team at the time of suspension Reason Reference
December 17, 1925 Life Art Folz QB Chicago Cardinals Involvement in the 1925 Chicago Cardinals–Milwaukee Badgers scandal [4]
April 3, 1947 Life[a] Frank Filchock
Merle Hapes
QB[b]
RB
New York Giants Fixing the 1946 NFL Championship Game [5]
April 17, 1963 Entire 1963 season Alex Karras
Paul Hornung
DT
HB[c]
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Betting on NFL games [5]
May 20, 1983 Entire 1983 season Art Schlichter QB Baltimore Colts Gambling [6]
October 9, 1986 1 game Greg Townsend DE Los Angeles Raiders Unsportsmanlike conduct, stemming from his participation in a brawl versus the Kansas City Chiefs on October 5, 1986 [7]
November 24, 1986 2 games Charles Martin DE Green Bay Packers Body-slamming Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon [8]
August 30, 1990 4 games Eric Dickerson[d] RB Indianapolis Colts Conduct detrimental to the team [9]
November 8, 1991 4 games Eric Dickerson[d] RB Indianapolis Colts Conduct detrimental to the team [10]
September 23, 1996 Entire 1996 season Jeff George[d] QB Atlanta Falcons Personal conduct violation, stemming from an argument during a game with Falcons head coach June Jones [11]
August 24, 2000 1 game Mario Bates RB Arizona Cardinals Violating the league's anti-violence policy [12]
October 9, 2001 1 game Leon Searcy OT Baltimore Ravens Violating the league's personal conduct policy [13]
July 26, 2001 1 game Michael Pittman RB Arizona Cardinals Violating the league's personal conduct policy [14]
December 11, 2001 4 games R. Jay Soward WR Jacksonville Jaguars Violating team rules [15]
December 17, 2001 4 games Albert Connell WR New Orleans Saints Conduct detrimental to the team [16]
March 19, 2002 1 game Victor Riley LT Free agent Personal conduct violation [17]
October 24, 2002 1 game Rodney Harrison S San Diego Chargers Helmet to helmet collision on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Rice [18]
November 21, 2002 1 game Steve Smith WR Carolina Panthers Personal conduct violation, stemming from fighting teammate Anthony Bright during practice [19]
August 29, 2003 1 game Derrick Rodgers LB New Orleans Saints Personal conduct violation [20]
June 22, 2004 3 games Michael Pittman RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers Personal conduct violation, stemming from a domestic violence incident [21]
September 6, 2004 1 game Leonardo Carson DT Dallas Cowboys Personal conduct violation, stemming from being convicted of burglary and kidnapping [22]
October 18, 2004 1 game Dwayne Carswell TE Denver Broncos Personal conduct violation, stemming from a domestic violence incident [23]
June 15, 2005 2 games Mike Doss S Indianapolis Colts Personal conduct violation, stemming from alleged possession of firearms [24]
August 20, 2005 1 game Brad Hopkins OL Tennessee Titans Personal conduct violation, stemming from a domestic violence incident [25]
December 15, 2005 1 game Wayne Hunter OL Seattle Seahawks Violating the league's personal conduct policy [26]
October 2, 2006 5 games Albert Haynesworth DT Tennessee Titans Stomping on Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode [27]
October 6, 2006 2 games Chris Henry WR Cincinnati Bengals Alleged possessions of firearms [28]
November 22, 2006 1 game Ricky Manning CB Chicago Bears Personal conduct violation, stemming from a domestic violence incident [29]
May 15, 2007 Entire 2007 season Adam Jones CB Tennessee Titans Attacking a stripper and threatening a security guard's life [30]
May 15, 2007 8 games Chris Henry WR Cincinnati Bengals Violating the league's player conduct policy [31]
June 4, 2007 8 games Tank Johnson DT Chicago Bears Alleged possession of six firearms and violation of probation on other charges [32]
July 17, 2007 2 games Sam Brandon S Denver Broncos Violating of the league's personal conduct policy [33]
July 18, 2007 2 games Jared Allen DE Kansas City Chiefs Personal conduct violation, stemming from two DUI arrests [34]
July 27, 2007 Entire 2007 and 2008 seasons Michael Vick QB Atlanta Falcons Involvement in a dog fighting case [35]
July 27, 2007 2 games Jeremy Bridges G Carolina Panthers Misdemeanor assault charges [36]
July 14, 2008 3 games Darrion Scott DE Free agent Personal conduct violation, stemming from child endangerment charges [37]
August 2, 2008 2 games Steve Smith WR Carolina Panthers Personal conduct violation, stemming from fighting teammate Ken Lucas during training camp [38]
September 28, 2008 1 game Eric Smith DT New York Jets Helmet to helmet collision against Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin [39]
October 3, 2008 1 game Tommie Harris DT Chicago Bears Violation of team rules [40]
October 14, 2008 4 games Adam Jones CB Dallas Cowboys Involvement in an altercation with a bodyguard [41]
November 18, 2008 1 game Kellen Winslow[d] TE Cleveland Browns Detrimental conduct [42]
December 8, 2008 4 games Plaxico Burress[d] WR New York Giants Accidental shooting of leg with firearm [43]
July 7, 2009 1 game Michael Boley LB New York Giants Violating of the league's personal conduct policy [44]
August 13, 2009 Entire 2009 season Donte Stallworth WR Cleveland Browns Crashed into and killed a pedestrian while DUI [45]
September 23, 2009 Until release from prison in 2011 Plaxico Burress WR Free agent Aforementioned accidental shooting [46]
October 19, 2009 1 game Dante Wesley DT Carolina Panthers Launching himself against Tampa Bay Buccaneer punt returner Clifton Smith [47]
April 21, 2010 6 games
(later reduced to 4 games)
Ben Roethlisberger QB Pittsburgh Steelers Violating the league's player conduct policy [48]
July 1, 2010 3 games Vincent Jackson WR San Diego Chargers Violating the league's player conduct policy [49]
September 27, 2010 1 game Tony McDaniel DT Miami Dolphins Personal conduct violation, arrested for battery while fighting his girlfriend [50]
October 20, 2010 1 game Pat McAfee[d] P Indianapolis Colts Conduct detrimental to the team [51]
December 7, 2010 4 games Albert Haynesworth[d] DT Washington Redskins Detrimental conduct [52]
January 3, 2011 4 games Brandon Deaderick[d] NT New England Patriots Violation of team rules [53]
August 18, 2011 5 games Terrelle Pryor QB Oakland Raiders Involvement in receiving improper benefits while at Ohio State [54]
September 22, 2011 3 games Cedric Benson HB Cincinnati Bengals Misdemeanor assault [55]
October 25, 2011 Entire 2011 season Chris Cook CB Minnesota Vikings Domestic assault charges [56]
November 29, 2011 2 games Ndamukong Suh DT Detroit Lions Stomping of Green Bay Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith [57]
December 13, 2011 1 game James Harrison LB Pittsburgh Steelers Violent tackle on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy [58]
May 2, 2012 Entire 2012 season
8 games
4 games
3 games
Jonathan Vilma
Anthony Hargrove
Will Smith
Scott Fujita
LB
DE
DE
LB
New Orleans Saints Involvement in bounty program[e] [1]
August 20, 2012 3 games Aaron Berry CB Free agent Two arrests during the 2012 offseason [60]
August 30, 2012 1 game Kenny Britt WR Tennessee Titans Various incidents involving police [61]
September 25, 2012 1 game Joe Mays LB Denver Broncos Hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub [62]
October 16, 2012 2 games Alameda Ta'amu[d] NT Pittsburgh Steelers Off-field arrest [63]
October 22, 2012 3 games Donald Washington CB Free agent Violation of league rules while with the Kansas City Chiefs [64]
December 10, 2012 3 games Brandon Jacobs RB San Francisco 49ers Conduct detrimental to the team, and violation of the team's social media policy [65]
August 20, 2013 1 game Antonio Smith DE Houston Texans Removing and swinging Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito's helmet [66]
November 24, 2012 2 games Jabar Gaffney WR Free agent Failure to report an arrest from 2010 to the NFL [67]
September 16, 2013 1 game (Later overturned) Dashon Goldson FS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles [68]
October 21, 2013 2 games
(Later reduced to one game)
Brandon Meriweather FS Washington Redskins Repeated violations of the league's helmet-to-helmet policy [69]
November 4, 2013 Indefinite
(Lifted three months later)[70]
Richie Incognito[d] G Miami Dolphins Detrimental conduct [71]
November 18, 2013 1 game Erik Walden LB Indianapolis Colts Headbutting Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker [72]
November 18, 2013 1 game Dashon Goldson FS Tampa Bay Buccaneers Repeated violations of the league's player safety policy [73]
November 25, 2013 1 game Michael Griffin FS Tennessee Titans Repeated violations of the league's player safety policy [74]
May 11, 2014 Indefinite
(Lifted one week later)[75]
Don Jones[d] SS Miami Dolphins Violations of the team's social media policy [76]
August 5, 2014 Indefinite
(Lifted five days later)[77]
Martellus Bennett[d] TE Chicago Bears Conduct detrimental to the team, after an altercation with rookie CB Kyle Fuller in practice [78]
August 25, 2014 2 games Brandon Meriweather SS Washington Redskins Illegal hit on Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith [79]
August 26, 2014 Indefinite Dimitri Patterson[d] CB New York Jets Unexplained absence from the team's training camp [80]
September 2, 2014 10 games Josh Brent NT Dallas Cowboys Violation of the league's personal conduct policy, stemming from being convicted of manslaughter [81]
September 8, 2014 Indefinite[f] (appealed and overturned two months later)[82] Ray Rice RB Baltimore Ravens Violation of the league's personal conduct policy, stemming from a domestic violence incident [83]
October 6, 2014 Indefinite
(lifted one week later)[84]
Derrick Shelby[d] DE Miami Dolphins Conduct detrimental to the team [85]
October 25, 2014 2 games C. J. Mosley[d] DT Detroit Lions Conduct detrimental to the team and violations of team rules [86]
October 28, 2014 2 games Joe Morgan[d] WR New Orleans Saints Undisclosed reasons [87]
November 18, 2014 Indefinite
(reinstated in Feb. 2015)[88]
Adrian Peterson RB Minnesota Vikings Violation of the league's personal conduct policy [89]
November 23, 2014 1 game David Amerson[d] CB Washington Redskins Violation of team rules [90]
December 22, 2014 1 game Dominic Raiola C Detroit Lions Stomping on the leg of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson [91]
December 27, 2014 1 game Josh Gordon[d] WR Cleveland Browns Violation of team rules [92]
December 29, 2014 1 game (later appealed and reduced to a $70,000 fine)[93] Ndamukong Suh DT Detroit Lions Stepping on the leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers [94]
January 23, 2015 2 games Trent Richardson[d] RB Indianapolis Colts Undisclosed reasons [95]
April 22, 2015 10 games
(later reduced to 4 games)[96]
Greg Hardy DE Dallas Cowboys Violation of the league's personal conduct policy, stemming from a domestic abuse charge [97]
May 11, 2015 4 games Tom Brady QB New England Patriots Involvement in the Deflategate scandal [98]

Suspensions for violating the substance policies[edit]

The NFL has two separate policies for substances that can lead to suspension. One policy concerns the use of banned drugs that are specifically indicated to improve athletic performance (PEDs). The other policy concerns "substances of abuse" and includes drugs that may not enhance performance, but are indulged in for recreational purposes.

Date suspended Suspension length Name Position Team at the time of suspension Reference
August 2, 1983 Entire 1983 season Mike Reilly LB Los Angeles Rams [99]
October 30, 1984 Entire 1984 and 1985 seasons Stanley Wilson RB Cincinnati Bengals [100]
November 1984 Entire 1984 season Chuck Muncie RB San Diego Chargers [101]
June 24, 1987 Entire 1987 season Stanley Wilson RB Cincinnati Bengals [102]
July 27, 1988 30 days Dexter Manley DE Washington Redskins [103]
August 3, 1988 30 days Kevin Gogan OG Dallas Cowboys [104]
August 6, 1988 30 days Doug DuBose RB San Francisco 49ers [105]
August 6, 1988 30 days Robb Riddick RB Buffalo Bills [106]
August 6, 1988 30 days Greg Townsend DE Los Angeles Raiders [107]
August 6, 1988 30 days Richard Reed DE Denver Broncos [108]
August 6, 1988 30 days Pat Saindon OL Atlanta Falcons [109]
August 13, 1988 Entire 1988 season Tony Collins RB Indianapolis Colts [110]
August 30, 1988 4 games Lawrence Taylor LB New York Giants [111]
August 31, 1988 4 games Terry Taylor CB Seattle Seahawks [112]
September 1, 1988 4 games Emanuel King LB Cincinnati Bengals [113]
September 1, 1988 4 games Daryl Smith CB Cincinnati Bengals [114]
September 3, 1988 4 games Bruce Smith DE Buffalo Bills [115]
September 3, 1988 4 games John Taylor WR San Francisco 49ers [116]
September 8, 1988 4 games Charles White RB Los Angeles Rams [117]
November 10, 1988 4 games Doug Smith NT Houston Oilers [118]
November 10, 1988 4 games Hal Garner LB Buffalo Bills [119]
November 30, 1988 4 games Mark Duper WR Miami Dolphins [120]
November 30, 1988 4 games Victor Scott DB Dallas Cowboys [120]
May 15, 1989 Life Stanley Wilson RB Cincinnati Bengals [121]
August 12, 1989 30 days Tony Burse FB Seattle Seahawks [122]
August 30, 1989 4 games Vince Amoia RB New York Jets [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Bobby Riley WR New York Jets [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Ron Solt OG Philadelphia Eagles [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Leroy Irvin CB Los Angeles Rams [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Orson Mobley TE Denver Broncos [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Maurice Douglass DB Chicago Bears [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Matt Jaworski LB Buffalo Bills [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Tom Doctor LB Buffalo Bills [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Sean Doctor FB Buffalo Bills [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Mike Ariey OL Green Bay Packers [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Keith Uecker OL Green Bay Packers [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Mark Mraz DE Los Angeles Raiders [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Vernon Kirk TE Los Angeles Rams [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Keith Henderson RB San Francisco 49ers [123]
August 30, 1989 4 games Rollin Putzier NT San Francisco 49ers [123]
November 17, 1989 Entire 1989 season Dexter Manley DE Washington Redskins [124]
April 13, 1990 Entire 1990 season Frank Warren DE New Orleans Saints [125]
August 13, 1990 5 games Louis Cheek OL Dallas Cowboys [126]
August 13, 1990 5 games John Brandom OL Phoenix Cardinals [126]
August 17, 1990 3 games Carl Bax G Tampa Bay Buccaneers [127]
September 20, 1990 Entire 1990 season Terry Taylor CB Detroit Lions [128]
April 30, 1992 Entire 1992 season Tim Worley RB Pittsburgh Steelers [129]
July 31, 1993 4 games Eric Moore OG New York Giants [130]
November 30, 1994 4 games Frank Wycheck FB Washington Redskins [131]
July 25, 1995 6 games Bernard Williams LT Philadelphia Eagles [132]
August 11, 1995 4 games Jamir Miller LB Arizona Cardinals [133]
August 11, 1995 6 games Larry Webster DT Cleveland Browns [133]
August 25, 1995 Entire 1995 season Chuck Levy WR Arizona Cardinals [134]
August 25, 1995 6 games Tim Harris DE San Francisco 49ers [134]
October 23, 1995 4 games Joel Steed NT Pittsburgh Steelers [135]
October 23, 1995 Indefinite Bernard Williams LT Philadelphia Eagles [135]
November 3, 1996 4 games Leon Lett DT Dallas Cowboys [136]
November 3, 1996 4 games Clayton Holmes CB Dallas Cowboys [136]
December 4, 1995 Entire 1996 season Carlton Haselrig RB New York Jets [137]
July 23, 1996 4 games Roosevelt Potts RB Indianapolis Colts [138]
July 25, 1996 5 games Michael Irvin WR Dallas Cowboys [139]
August 20, 1996 Entire 1996 season Larry Webster DT Baltimore Ravens [140]
December 4, 1996 16 games Leon Lett DT Dallas Cowboys [141]
September 13, 1997 4 games Scott Davis OG Atlanta Falcons [142]
August 19, 1997 4 games Artie Ulmer LB Minnesota Vikings [143]
August 28, 1997 4 games Matt Stevens DB Philadelphia Eagles [144]
1998 4 games Bob Sapp OG Minnesota Vikings [145]
September 1, 1998 4 games Paul Wiggins OT Pittsburgh Steelers [146]
December 23, 1998 4 games Jude Waddy LB Green Bay Packers [147]
September 15, 1999 8 games Leon Lett DT Dallas Cowboys [148]
October 21, 1999 4 games Travis Jervey RB San Francisco 49ers [149]
November 24, 1999 4 games Lyle West FS New York Giants [150]
November 26, 1999 4 games Jason Ferguson NT New York Jets [151]
December 2, 1999 4 games Jim Miller QB Chicago Bears [152]
April 11, 2000 Indefinite (Later reinstated) Larry Webster DT Baltimore Ravens [153]
April 11, 2000 Indefinite
(Later reinstated Nov. 2001)
Dale Carter CB Denver Broncos [154]
June 21, 2000 Entire 2000 season Josh Evans DT Tennessee Titans [155]
June 8, 2001 Entire 2001 season R. Jay Soward WR Jacksonville Jaguars [156]
August 7, 2001 4 games Darrell Russell DT Oakland Raiders [157]
October 5, 2001 4 games Henry Taylor DT Chicago Bears [158]
November 28, 2001 4 games Shawn Springs CB Seattle Seahawks [159]
December 15, 2001 4 games Tommy Bennett FS Detroit Lions [160]
January 2, 2002 Entire 2002 season Darrell Russell DT Oakland Raiders [161]
January 8, 2002 4 games Daimon Shelton FB Chicago Bears [162]
January 10, 2002 Entire 2002 season R. Jay Soward WR Jacksonville Jaguars [163]
July 20, 2002 Indefinite
(Later reinstated Nov. 2002)
Dale Carter CB New Orleans Saints [164]
September 7, 2002 4 games T. J. Slaughter LB Jacksonville Jaguars [165]
September 11, 2002 4 games Ray Buchanan CB Atlanta Falcons [166]
October 2, 2002 4 games Tyrone Robertson DT Buffalo Bills [167]
November 4, 2002 4 games Brentson Buckner DT Carolina Panthers [168]
November 6, 2002 4 games Lewis Bush LB Kansas City Chiefs [169]
November 18, 2002 4 games DeMingo Graham OG Houston Texans [170]
December 4, 2002 4 games Julius Peppers DE Carolina Panthers [171]
December 10, 2002 Entire 2003 season Tyrone Robertson DT Buffalo Bills [172]
March 28, 2003 4 games Mike Cloud RB Free agent [173]
July 11, 2003 4 games Byron Chamberlain TE Minnesota Vikings [174]
July 26, 2003 4 games Lee Flowers LB Denver Broncos [175]
August 30, 2003 4 games Keith Newman LB Atlanta Falcons [176]
September 11, 2003 4 games Ray Buchanan CB Atlanta Falcons [177]
September 26, 2003 4 games Scott Shanle LB St. Louis Rams [178]
July 26, 2004 Indefinite Darrell Russell DT Free agent [179]
September 6, 2004 4 games Adrian Madise WR Denver Broncos [180]
November 9, 2004 4 games Andrew Pinnock FB San Diego Chargers [181]
December 6, 2004 4 games David Boston WR Miami Dolphins [182]
June 7, 2005 Entire 2005 season Onterrio Smith RB Minnesota Vikings [183]
August 31, 2005 Entire 2005 season Kendyll Pope LB Indianapolis Colts [184]
September 3, 2005 4 games John Welbourn OL Kansas City Chiefs [185]
September 16, 2005 4 games Rick Razzano FB Tampa Bay Buccaneers [186]
April 25, 2006 Entire 2006 season Ricky Williams RB Miami Dolphins [187]
July 7, 2006 4 games Todd Sauerbrun P Denver Broncos [188]
July 13, 2006 4 games Odell Thurman MLB Cincinnati Bengals [189]
September 1, 2006 4 games Sammy Morris RB Miami Dolphins [190]
September 25, 2006 Entire 2006 and 2007 seasons Odell Thurman MLB Cincinnati Bengals [191]
October 17, 2006 4 games Matt Lehr OG Atlanta Falcons [192]
October 17, 2006 4 games Shaun Rogers DT Detroit Lions [193]
October 17, 2006 Entire 2006 season Koren Robinson WR Green Bay Packers [194]
October 22, 2006 4 games Shawne Merriman LB San Diego Chargers [195]
December 5, 2006 4 games Hollis Thomas DT New Orleans Saints [196]
July 6, 2007 4 games Kenny Peterson DE Denver Broncos [197]
July 20, 2007 4 games Jarrod Cooper SS Oakland Raiders [198]
August 3, 2007 4 games Ryan Tucker RT Cleveland Browns [199]
September 2, 2007 4 games Rodney Harrison SS New England Patriots [200]
August 9, 2007 4 games Obafemi Ayanbadejo FB Chicago Bears [201]
October 5, 2007 6 games Tim Couch QB Free agent [202]
October 5, 2007 6 games Kenard Lang DE Free agent [202]
November 3, 2007 4 games Chris Henry RB Tennessee Titans [203]
November 6, 2007 4 games Marcus Stroud DT Jacksonville Jaguars [204]
December 5, 2007 4 games Ray Edwards DE Minnesota Vikings [205]
April 15, 2008 4 games Stephen Cooper LB San Diego Chargers [206]
June 6, 2008 Indefinite Odell Thurman MLB Free agent [207]
June 12, 2008 4 games Adrian Awasom DE Free agent [208]
August 19, 2008 4 games Luke Petitgout OT Tampa Bay Buccaneers [209]
August 30, 2008 4 games Jesse Chatman RB New York Jets [210]
October 21, 2008 3 games Matt Jones WR Jacksonville Jaguars [211]
August 17, 2009 1 game Shaun Ellis DE New York Jets [212]
August 18, 2009 4 games Tanard Jackson FS Tampa Bay Buccaneers [213]
November 11, 2009 4 games Joselio Hanson CB Philadelphia Eagles [214]
November 17, 2009 4 games Dwayne Bowe WR Kansas City Chiefs [215]
December 24, 2009 4 games Luke Lawton FB Oakland Raiders [216]
March 7, 2010 8 games Ryan Tucker RT Free agent [217]
March 7, 2010 8 games Jason Ferguson NT Free agent [217]
April 12, 2010 4 games Santonio Holmes WR New York Jets [218]
May 7, 2010 4 games Brian Cushing LB Houston Texans [219]
June 14, 2010 4 games Gerald McRath LB Tennessee Titans [220]
July 2, 2010 4 games LenDale White RB Seattle Seahawks [221]
July 16, 2010 1 game Leroy Hill LB Seattle Seahawks [222]
July 22, 2010 2 games Cary Williams CB Baltimore Ravens [223]
September 4, 2010 4 games Shawn Nelson TE Buffalo Bills [224]
September 22, 2010 Indefinite
(Later reinstated May 2014)
Tanard Jackson FS Tampa Bay Buccaneers [213]
August 2, 2011 4 games Phillip Buchanon CB Washington Redskins [225]
September 2, 2011 2 games Kevin Williams DT Minnesota Vikings [226]
September 2, 2011 2 games Pat Williams DT Free agent [226]
September 2, 2011 2 games Will Smith DE New Orleans Saints [226]
September 2, 2011 2 games Charles Grant DE Free agent [226]
September 9, 2011 1 game David Reed WR Baltimore Ravens [227]
December 4, 2011 4 games Fred Davis
Trent Williams
TE
LT
Washington Redskins [228]
December 6, 2011 4 games John Moffitt OG Seattle Seahawks [229]
February 6, 2012 4 games Weslye Saunders TE Indianapolis Colts [230]
March 9, 2012 3 games Brett Hartmann P Houston Texans [231]
March 9, 2012 6 games D.J. Williams LB Denver Broncos [232]
March 9, 2012 6 games Ryan McBean DT Denver Broncos [233]
March 9, 2012 4 games Virgil Green TE Denver Broncos [234]
May 23, 2012 4 games Allen Barbre OT Seattle Seahawks [235]
June 13, 2012 2 games Mikel Leshoure RB Detroit Lions [236]
July 2, 2012 4 games Brody Eldridge TE St. Louis Rams [237]
July 20, 2012 1 game Nate Collins DT Chicago Bears [238]
August 20, 2012 1 game Tamba Hali LB Kansas City Chiefs [239]
August 31, 2012 Indefinite[g] Tanard Jackson FS Washington Redskins [240]
September 10, 2012 4 games Joe Haden CB Cleveland Browns [241]
September 18, 2012 3 games Clark Haggans LB San Francisco 49ers [242]
October 8, 2012 4 games Will Hill FS New York Giants [243]
October 13, 2012 4 games Aqib Talib CB Tampa Bay Buccaneers [244]
October 28, 2012 4 games Eric Wright CB Tampa Bay Buccaneers [245]
November 9, 2012 4 games Brandon Bolden RB New England Patriots [246]
November 20, 2012 4 games Winston Guy SS Seattle Seahawks [247]
November 26, 2012 4 games Jermaine Cunningham DE New England Patriots [248]
December 4, 2012 4 games Cedric Griffin CB Washington Redskins [249]
December 5, 2012 4 games Brandon Browner CB Seattle Seahawks [250]
December 11, 2012 4 games Asa Jackson CB Baltimore Ravens [251]
December 17, 2012 4 games Jordan Black OT Washington Redskins [252]
March 20, 2013 4 games Rob Jackson LB Washington Redskins [253]
April 3, 2013 4 games Daryl Washington LB Arizona Cardinals [254]
April 20, 2013 4 games Justin Blackmon WR Jacksonville Jaguars [255]
May 17, 2013 4 games Bruce Irvin DE Seattle Seahawks [256]
May 22, 2013 1 game Rokevious Watkins OG St. Louis Rams [257]
May 31, 2013 1 game Isaiah Pead RB St. Louis Rams [258]
June 4, 2013 4 games Gabe Miller TE Chicago Bears [259]
June 7, 2013 2 games Josh Gordon WR Cleveland Browns [260]
June 24, 2013 4 games Brandon Collins WR New York Giants [261]
June 24, 2013 4 games LaVon Brazill WR Indianapolis Colts [262]
July 18, 2013 8 games Weslye Saunders TE Indianapolis Colts [263]
July 20, 2013 4 games Will Hill FS New York Giants [264]
July 26, 2013 4 games Jarvis Jenkins DE Washington Redskins [265]
July 27, 2013 4 games Andre Holmes WR Oakland Raiders [266]
August 1, 2013 4 games DeMarcus Love OT Minnesota Vikings [267]
August 2, 2013 8 games Asa Jackson CB Baltimore Ravens [268]
August 14, 2013 1 game Demarcus Dobbs DE San Francisco 49ers [269]
August 14, 2013 4 games Jo-Lonn Dunbar LB St. Louis Rams [270]
August 20, 2013 6 games Von Miller LB Denver Broncos [271]
August 26, 2013 3 games Jerome Felton FB Minnesota Vikings [272]
August 26, 2013 4 games Mike Goodson RB New York Jets [273]
August 30, 2013 8 games DeQuin Evans DE Cincinnati Bengals [274]
September 10, 2013 4 games Tom Zbikowski SS Free agent [275]
September 10, 2013 2 games Brandon McDonald CB Free agent [275]
October 12, 2013 4 games Kellen Winslow II TE New York Jets [276]
November 1, 2013 Indefinite Justin Blackmon WR Jacksonville Jaguars [277]
November 12, 2013 4 games LaRoy Reynolds LB Jacksonville Jaguars [278]
November 24, 2013 4 games Walter Thurmond CB Seattle Seahawks [279]
December 3, 2013 4 games Travis Lewis LB Detroit Lions [280]
December 18, 2013 4 games
(Later reinstated March 2014)[281]
Brandon Browner CB Seattle Seahawks [282]
February 19, 2014 Indefinite
(Later reinstated May 2015)[283]
Fred Davis TE Washington Redskins [284]
April 4, 2014 4 games Jake Knott LB Philadelphia Eagles [285]
April 21, 2014 4 games Brian Tyms WR Free agent [286]
April 8, 2014 4 games Brandon Moore DE Washington Redskins [287]
May 2, 2014 4 games Frank Alexander DE Carolina Panthers [288]
May 12, 2014 4 games (Later reinstated)[289] Stedman Bailey WR St. Louis Rams [290]
May 16, 2014 4 games Robert Mathis LB Indianapolis Colts [291]
May 30, 2014 Entire 2014 season Daryl Washington LB Arizona Cardinals [292]
May 30, 2014 6 games Will Hill SS New York Giants [293]
June 4, 2014 4 games Jayron Hosley CB New York Giants [294]
July 3, 2014 4 games Rokevious Watkins OT Kansas City Chiefs [295]
July 3, 2014 4 games Dion Jordan DE Miami Dolphins [296]
July 3, 2014 Entire 2014 season
(later changed to 10 games)[289]
LaVon Brazill WR Indianapolis Colts [297]
July 9, 2014 Indefinite Tanard Jackson FS Washington Redskins [298]
July 11, 2014 4 games Spencer Nealy DE Minnesota Vikings [299]
July 22, 2014 4 games Ace Sanders WR Jacksonville Jaguars [300]
July 23, 2014 4 games Lane Johnson OT Philadelphia Eagles [301]
July 30, 2014 1 game Nigel Bradham LB Buffalo Bills [302]
July 30, 2014 2 games Chris Lewis-Harris CB Cincinnati Bengals [303]
August 8, 2014 4 games Eric Herman OG New York Giants [304]
August 8, 2014 4 games Reshad Jones FS Miami Dolphins [305]
August 11, 2014 4 games (Later reinstated)[289] Orlando Scandrick CB Dallas Cowboys [306]
August 15, 2014 1 game Dwayne Bowe WR Kansas City Chiefs [307]
August 22, 2014 4 games Donald Stephenson OL Kansas City Chiefs [308]
August 23, 2014 4 games Matt Prater K Denver Broncos [309]
August 27, 2014 Entire 2014 season
(later changed to 10 games)[289]
Josh Gordon WR Cleveland Browns [310]
August 29, 2014 9 games Aldon Smith OLB San Francisco 49ers [311]
August 29, 2014 4 games Jakar Hamilton FS Dallas Cowboys [312]
September 2, 2014 4 games (Later reinstated)[289] Wes Welker WR Denver Broncos [313]
September 4, 2014 8 games Andre Brown RB Free agent [314]
September 4, 2014 4 games Erin Henderson LB Free agent [314]
September 5, 2014 4 games D.C. Jefferson TE Carolina Panthers [315]
September 19, 2014 4 games Dion Jordan DE Miami Dolphins [316]
September 29, 2014 4 games LaRon Landry FS Indianapolis Colts [317]
October 1, 2014 10 games Frank Alexander DE Carolina Panthers [318]
October 15, 2014 2 games Jorvorskie Lane FB Tampa Bay Buccaneers [319]
October 21, 2014 2 games Da'Quan Bowers DE Tampa Bay Buccaneers [320]
December 4, 2014 4 games Haloti Ngata DT Baltimore Ravens [321]
December 17, 2014 4 games Craig Watts OG San Diego Chargers [322]
February 3, 2015 Entire 2015 season Josh Gordon WR Cleveland Browns [323]
March 7, 2015 10 games LaRon Landry FS Free agent [324]
April 7, 2015 1 game LeGarrette Blount RB New England Patriots [325]
April 9, 2015 3 games
(later reduced to 2 games)[326]
Le'Veon Bell RB Pittsburgh Steelers [327]
April 13, 2015 4 games Victor Butler LB New York Giants [328]
April 13, 2015 4 games Eben Britton OL Free agent [329]
April 28, 2015 Entire 2015 season Dion Jordan DE Miami Dolphins [330]
May 21, 2015 1 game Marcell Dareus DT Buffalo Bills [331]
May 29, 2015 4 games Trey Watts RB St. Louis Rams [332]
June 22, 2015 1 game Ahmad Bradshaw RB Free agent [333]
July 2, 2015 4 games Sheldon Richardson DE New York Jets [334]
July 2, 2015 4 games Rolando McClain LB Dallas Cowboys [335]
July 2, 2015 1 game Datone Jones DE Green Bay Packers [336]
July 2, 2015 4 games Antonio Gates TE San Diego Chargers [337]
July 13, 2015 4 games Jarrett Bush CB Free agent [338]
July 13, 2015 10 games Jakar Hamilton FS Free agent [338]
July 13, 2015 10 games Loucheiz Purifoy CB Free agent [338]
July 13, 2015 1 game Quentin Hines RB Free agent [338]
July 23, 2015 3 games Letroy Guion DT Green Bay Packers [339]
July 24, 2015 3 games Sean Smith CB Kansas City Chiefs [340]
July 24, 2015 4 games Derek Wolfe DE Denver Broncos [341]
July 24, 2015 2 games Jabari Price CB Minnesota Vikings [342]
July 31, 2015 1 game Bashaud Breeland CB Washington Redskins [343]
July 31, 2015 1 game Orson Charles TE New Orleans Saints [344]

Coach suspensions[edit]

Date suspended Suspension length Name Position Team at the time of suspension Reason Reference
December 18, 1978 1 game Chuck Fairbanks[d] Head coach New England Patriots Breaching a contract with the Patriots by joining the Colorado Buffaloes [345]
September 1, 2007 5 games Wade Wilson Quarterbacks coach Dallas Cowboys Purchasing and using performance-enhancing drugs [346]
August 31, 2010 30 days Travis Jones Defensive line coach New Orleans Saints Involvement in a real estate scam [347]
December 13, 2010 Indefinite Sal Alosi[d] Head strength and conditioning coach New York Jets Tripping Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll [348]
September 9, 2011 2 games Andy Moeller Offensive line coach Baltimore Ravens Driving under the influence [349]
March 21, 2012 Entire 2012 season Gregg Williams[h] Defensive coordinator New Orleans Saints Involvement in bounty program [2][3]
Entire 2012 season Sean Payton Head coach
6 games Joe Vitt Asst. head coach[i]
July 18, 2014 3 games Mike Priefer Special teams coordinator Minnesota Vikings Allegations of homophobic remarks [353]

Team executive and administrative suspensions[edit]

Date suspended Suspension length Name Position Team at the time of suspension Reason Reference
March 21, 2012 8 games Mickey Loomis General Manager New Orleans Saints Involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal [2][3]
September 2, 2014 6 games Jim Irsay Owner Indianapolis Colts Driving under the influence of oxycodone and hydrocodone [354]
March 30, 2015 4 games Ray Farmer General Manager Cleveland Browns Sending texts to Browns personnel during games in 2014, which violated the league's electronic device policy [355]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Filchock was reinstated in 1950, Hapes was reinstated in 1954.
  2. ^ Filchock also played as a running back.
  3. ^ Hornung also played as a safety and placekicker.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Team suspension.
  5. ^ The suspensions were later overturned.[59]
  6. ^ Originally suspended for 2 games on July 24, 2014, changed to indefinite following a release of the video of the incident
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference Jackson was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  8. ^ Williams was originally going to be the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.[350][351]
  9. ^ Vitt became the interim head coach in place of Payton, however, due to his own suspension, Vitt was replaced by offensive line coach Aaron Kromer until his suspension ended.[352]

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