It slipped through the cracks until today, but the Oakland Raiders have officially fallen to the NFL’s regular season suspension season as one of
their own was handed the team’s first four game suspension to start the 2013/14 NFL season.
The San Jose Mercury Times reported on Friday afternoon that Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes was suspended Saturday for the team’s first four games by the NFL for being in violation of the league policy on performance enhancing substances.
A waiver claim by the Raiders last May 13, Holmes spent most of 2011 on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and was active for seven games for the Cowboys last season, catching two passes for 12 yards. This year Holmes was hoping to crack a Raiders wide receiver group that is wide open at the bottom of the ladder during training camp.
Holmes, who attended Division II Hillsdale College like current Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer, faces an uphill battle to make the roster before the suspension took place. He is eligible to practice and play in preseason games for the Raiders until the suspension takes effect., but now will be a long shot to get kept by Dennis Allen when the Raiders go around making cuts. A practice roster player who is also serving a four game suspension is fresh meat in the survive at all costs jungle that is NFL Training Camp. Don’t expect Andre Holmes to be one of the favorites to crack the wide receiver rotation now that he has been caught juicing.
[Update] Holmes released a statement apologizing to the Raiders and saying he did not know how the substance got into his system.
Andre Holmes releases a statement, apologizing to Raiders: “I do not know how the substance got into my system.” Says it was amphetamines.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2013