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Kentrell Brothers suspended nine games by NFL

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It’s his second suspension

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With the start of Training Camp rapidly approaching, linebacker Kentrell Brothers is still a free agent. If the Minnesota Vikings or another team signs him to a deal, they’re going to have to wait for a while to make use of his services.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the National Football League has suspended Brothers for the first nine games of the 2020 NFL season.

As Yates points out, this is Brothers’ second career suspension, as he was made to miss the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Given the length of the suspension, it can safely be assumed that he’s been popped for the same thing again.

Brothers was a fifth-round pick of the Vikings out of Missouri in the 2016 NFL Draft. He hasn’t seen much action on defense over his four seasons with the team, but has been an outstanding special teams player during that time.

Should Brothers not sign with a team before the start of the season, he will serve his suspension from free agency. In any case, he will not be eligible to play this season before Week 10 at the earliest.