FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The National Football League announced Sunday that Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. This is Collins’ second PED suspension in as many seasons.
“We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen,” said general manager Thomas Dimitroff in a press release. “Such are the consequences when certain choices are made. Our decisions going forward will be based on what Dan and I feel is best for the team.”
Collins will be eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games and is eligible to return to the Falcons’ active roster on Tuesday, Nov. 21 following the team’s Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Since training camp started, Collins hasn’t been working with the first team or even much with the second-team defense in drills or 11-on-11 sessions. Collins has been taking reps against quarterback Matt Simms and Alek Torgersen and receivers like Nick Williams, Josh Magee, Reggie Davis and players lower on the Falcons’ depth chart.
In fact, at least five cornerbacks took reps in a particular one-on-one drill (Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, C.J. Goodwon, Brian Poole and Blidi Wreh-Wilson) Sunday before Collins stepped in.
It’s likely the Falcons have been working other cornerbacks into reps against the first- and second-team offense to prepare for life (10 regular season games) without Collins to start the season.
The news on Collins’ suspension broke after the media had left the Falcons’ training facility on Sunday. The first chance the media will get to ask head coach Dan Quinn for comment will be Monday.
Collins was a second-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He fessed up to failing multiple marijuana drug tests while at LSU. He served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for his first failed test for PEDs.