After a fight through learning a new position to make the NFL, it questionable how much longer Nikita Whitlock will remain with his current team.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New York Giants fullback was suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Giants FB Nikita Whitlock suspended without pay for the team’s next 10 games for violating NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2016
He was going to miss the 2016 season. The Giants put him on their reserved/injured list.
Whitlock was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. There he originally made his change from defensive lineman to fullback. At 5-10, 250 pounds he is not big enough to play on the line.
He was released that summer and picked up by the Dallas Cowboys. After being released and brought back a couple of times, he was released for good that November. While being a free agent the NFL suspended him for what now appears to be a first-time violation of the substance abuse policy.
Whitlock was picked up by the Giants and made the team, but was placed on IR towards the end of last season.
Tough luck for someone whose toughness eventually won him a job. He broke the rules, but the undersized football player is always somebody people root for to succeed.