As if the NFL couldn’t suck more than it already does, today they announced the suspension of a former Louisville Cardinal, Jamon Brown.
With all the issues that have gone on and surrounded the NFL with a dark cloud over the past few years, the University of Louisville has been fortunate to have no players involved in any legal or other messes. It says a lot about a program, who has put multiple players in the league over the last 10+ years, all of which have been mostly model citizens. Unfortunately for Rams offensive lineman Jamon Brown, that changed today. Brown is by no means, a bad guy, but according to the NFL he made a costly mistake.
This offseason has been filled with player movement, new guys being drafted, and unfortunately the early retirement of former Cardinal Eric Wood, but almost every headline has been positive that’s included a Louisville player.
The Los Angeles Rams starting offensive lineman Jamon Brown was suspended for the first two games of the regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. What does that mean exactly? Well at this point it’s too early to say.
It wouldn’t be fair to Jamon, a very well liked teammate and a guy who is still actively involved in the Louisville community through is foundation, to try and guess what exactly led to this suspension. It could be anything from a failed drug test, to a missed drug test, or even providing a sample that was diluted.
With the suspension Brown will still be able to participate in the team’s upcoming training camp, as well as play in the 2018 preseason. However, he will be forced to miss the Rams week one matchup against the Oakland Raiders and week two against the Arizona Cardinals, before being allowed to return for week three.
Brown was an instrumental part of the Rams surprising success during the 2017-18 season in the team’s first year in Los Angeles. Brown started in all 16 games last season, and was a big part in helping the offense rank in the top 10 in both rushing and passing.
The Rams released the following statement:
Rams offensive guard Jamon Brown has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Brown, who is entering his fourth NFL season, will be eligible to return to the Rams’ active roster on Monday, September 17 following the team’s September 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Brown is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
Brown is entering into his fourth season, and is expected to be the anchor of the Rams offensive line in 2018-19. The Rams finished last season 11-5, winning the NFC West and are heavy favorites to repeat in 2018-19.
Again, this should have zero impact on Brown moving forward in his career, as the starting offensive lineman will enter free agency in 2019 looking for a large pay day.