Chargers’ Gates Headlines Four Players Suspended

While the 4th of July is a reason for celebration across the United States, there will be four players – and their teams – who will find it difficult to crack a smile.

Antonio Gates, Sheldon Richardson, and Rolando McClain have been issued four game suspensions, the league announced today. Gates has been suspended for violating the NFL’s PED policy while Richardson and McClain were tagged for violating the substance-abuse policy. Green Bay PackersĀ defensive end Datone Jones will serve a one game suspension substance-abuse.

Gates, a 13 year veteran with a previously spotless record, is the most shocking while Richardson may be the most impactful. With him, the Jets were going to boast the best defensive line in football.

McClain has had several issues with the law and the league, causing him to retire in 2013. He started 12 games last year, recording 67 tackles.

Jones was set to enter his third year. He started three games in 2014.

The Pittsburgh SteelersĀ will play the San Diego Chargers in Week 5, Gates first game back after his suspension. It will be a Monday night game in San Diego. In the event Gates will need to be “eased” back in that week, LaDarius Green will receive snaps.

The Steelers will not face any of the other teams in the regular season.

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  • Justin B

    Sucks that his first game back is the game against us.

  • dano

    matters little, his replacement Ladarius Green is REAL good, and like the article says Gates will likely be eased in so Green will be the focal point anyway

  • The Notorious TOM

    Really disappointed in Mcclain. He’d come really far from where he was headed, hope this minor setback doesn’t derail him.

  • LucasY59

    Not surprised with McClain,

    Richardson just gave the rookie pick a good chance to get some starting snaps,

    and Gates is getting older (so PEDs might be needed to keep him at a level where he can still contribute in ways he used to) he might be hurt the worst by these suspensions as his replacement might show well while he serves his suspension and when he comes back he might look a step or two slower anyhow.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Sucks that everyone’s starting to find out about Ladarius. He’s been a nice lil secret weapon in Madden free agency for awhile… *sigh*

  • dano

    haha I bet. I know the guy is really fast and athletic and madden is all about the speed!!

  • frednash

    so thats why he was so good
    imagine heath on them!

  • thomas hmmmm

    Once a nut always a nut… Some people just can’t handle all the pressure that comes with success. It is a shame to see someone waste an opportunity that we have all dreamed about having at some point in our lives.

  • The Notorious TOM

    He was doing so well. Hopefully this is just a minor hurdle :’/

  • Hypo Cycloid

    The best d-line in the league is the Rams. Jets a close second.

  • thomas hmmmm

    I am not sure but this is not his first suspension for substance abuse is it? If I remember correctly it is his second or possibly third so he could be out for a good number of games this season, if not the entire season.

  • The Notorious TOM

    This is his first drug thing I’m pretty sure, they handed him the standard 4 games. His past issues were like, assault and resisting arrest and stuff.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Oh. I wasn’t sure because that one year he had a laundry list of problems..

  • The Notorious TOM

    Haha yeah, he had a doozy of a rapsheet. Assault, firing a pistol in city limits, giving false info to a cop, resisting arrest, menacing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct..

    But it’d been about 2 years since anything bad w/ him had shown up on the radar and now this. *smacks forehead* you were in the clear, bro.