Patriots close to the end Lance Kendricks was suspended for no payment for the first match of the 2019 regular season due to NFL drug policy violations, the league announced on Saturday afternoon.
Kendricks, who signed with the Patriots in July, will do that Miss the opening New England game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 8 at Gillette Stadium. He is also entitled to participate in the team's remaining preparatory exercises as well as in the preparatory season final against the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Following his suspension, Kendricks will return to the list of Patriots on 9 September.
In July, Kendricks was sentenced to six months probation for marijuana possession at a traffic stop. The 31
To start the season, the Patriots must also relinquish Benjamin Watson, who has been suspended for the first four regular-time games for violating the League's performance improvement policy. Without the return of Rob Gronkowski their depth card at the position is as follows: Watson, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Kendricks, Eric Saubert, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck.