FLOWERY BRANCH, GA. - The NFL has suspended Jalen Collins of the Atlanta Falcons for 10 games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The league said Collins, a cornerback, will be eligible to return to the active roster on Tuesday, Nov. 21, following the Seattle Seahawks' game.
He is eligible to play in all pre-season games and practices.
This is the second season in which Collins has been suspended for a similar violation.
In a statement, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said, “We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen. Such are the consequences when certain choices are made. Our decisions going forward will be based on what [Head Coach] Dan [Quinn] and I feel is best for the team.”
Collins was on the field on Sunday, and has been mainly practicing with the team's third-string defense, according to 11Alive's Alec McQuade.
Collins, who was drafted by the Falcons out of LSU in the second round of the 2015 draft, saw significant playing time last season when starting corner Desmond Trufant went down with an injury.
In the last two season, Collins has started eight games and recorded 39 tackles and three assists.
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