Suspensions are about as contagious as the common cold around the NFL landscape these days and there are now three more names to add to the list of those affected. Not surprisingly, each of these players are currently looking for better situations and greener pastures in the league after fallouts (either still ongoing or in the past) with their former employers. Although all three cases are different in nature and severity of infraction, each player has some time to pay for the infractions that they have committed.
Beginning with the San Diego Chargers are still the current employers of wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but the team is looking for a way to make that change post-haste. The Bolts pass catcher was convicted of his second DUI violation in as many years this past season and everyone knew that a suspension would be levied sooner or later. The three games that he has been given could be conditional, but those provisions are not yet known to the public. Jackson is an incredible talent and has really made huge strides in every season with the team, but General Manager A.J. Smith has lost his patience with him as the two sides are currently locked in a contract dispute over the restricted free agent tender that the team has offered to him. This saga continues to unfold as the Bolts shop Jackson around the league and all that this suspension has done is take away from any leverage that San Diego had in hopes of potential compensation.
Hollis Thomas and LenDale White are the other two names given suspensions in the past few days and each are currently unemployed by NFL teams. These punishments will only make it harder for the two of them to find work as White received a four game penalty while Thomas was slapped with an eight game suspension of his own. White’s work ethic has been in question since coming out of college with the USC Trojans after he showed up to the NFL Scouting Combine way out of football shape. This suspension is just the latest addition to the laundry-list of issues that have followed him into the professional ranks. As for Thomas, the 36 year old defensive tackle has already been suspended once by the league in 2006 when he tested positive for a banned steroid which was blamed on an asthma medication. After splitting time with both the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers last season, it appears this may be the end of the line for Thomas in the NFL.
With another month left until training camps open up around the league, the NFL is still living in the offseason of negative news from scandals to positive drug tests. Jackson should have no difficulty finding a team to take him onto their squad still in the prime of his career as a productive player, but both White and Thomas could find it more difficult to hit the field in 2010. It may take an injury or two and some team scrambling for bodies on their depth chart to get these two into a locker room during the coming season. Nevertheless, the NFL will definitely be happy to have this merry-go-round of offseason news come to a standstill and allow the games to start making some new headlines for the league in a positive manner.
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