Safety Will Hill lost his appeal, and has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the regular season.
Hill’s suspension was due to his violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
If Hill isn’t cut, which is a possibility, he will be allowed to practice and play during the team’s preseason games.
With Hill out for the first six regular season games, the Giants will get a salary cap credit (Traina, May 30).
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
There’s little to be said about Hill at this point. The Giants were the only team that dared to take a chance on him back in 2012, when Hill was a toxic, unwanted prospect that seemed destined to implode in the NFL. They were right in their assumption that Hill could become a top safety in this league, but they terribly miscalculated his lack of maturity and inability to adhere to team and league rules. With this suspension, his third in as many years, Hill will have missed a total of 14 games over three seasons.
It’s likely he’ll be re-evaluated before he’s eligible to return in Week 7, but don’t discount the Giants parting ways with him beforehand. Hard to think after the Giants sold their fans on “good guys” and “captains” in this year’s offseason remodel that they would want Hill back in their locker room. It’s a shame, too, because the kid is a helluva football player. He just can’t control himself off the field and stay within the rules.
From Rotoworld: “Hill tried appealing the ban, but came up short and he’ll be sidelined until Week 7. Hill has now been suspended three times since being signed by the Giants as a UDFA out of Florida in 2012. A high-impact performer when available for games, 24-year-old Hill graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2 overall safety in 2013, behind only Devin McCourty. The Giants will enter Week 1 with Stevie Brown starting at free safety, and Antrel Rolle on the strong side.”