NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock has been suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the team announced Thursday.
Whitlock, who also played defensive tackle and on special teams last season, is currently on the Giants’ injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in the team’s Aug. 27 preseason game against the Jets. The Giants said his suspension will begin immediately.
According to the website Spotrac, Whitlock was earning a base salary of $525,000 this season, meaning a 10-game ban will cost him about $328,000.
Whitlock, 25, won the fullback job from Henry Hynoski in training camp last season. He was on the field for 132 offensive plays, 61 defensive plays (one sack) and 276 special teams plays before hurting a knee in late December and being placed on injured reserve.
Whitlock was undrafted coming out of Wake Forest in 2014. He went to training camp with the Bengals as a rookie and spent about a week on the Cowboys’ practice squad before being cut and added to the Giants’ practice squad in September 2014.
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