Hosley, a 2012 third-round pick, is the second Giants defensive back to be suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy over the past week. The first, safety Will Hill, was hit with a six-game suspension after losing his appeal with the league, and was subsequently released by the team. It was his third suspension in three years and his second for violating said policy.
Like Hill, Hosley is no stranger to failing league drug tests, having come up dirty during the NFL Combine. And, also like Hill, the Giants chose to over-look that transgression. However, it remains unclear if he'll receive the same number of "do-overs" as Hill, especially given that he was likely battling for a spot on the 53-man roster as it was.
Hosley is eligible to continue practicing with the team during Organized Team Activities (OTAs), mini-camp, training camp and the preseason. Should he make the team, his suspension will begin in Week 1 and he will be eligible to return to the active roster on Friday, September 26th following the Giants' Thursday Night game against the Washington Redskins on September 25th.
It remains unclear what triggered Hosley's failed test, but he had been appealing the suspension until today. As of this morning, he opted to drop his appeal and was promptly hit with the four-game ban.
The suspension will cost him $134,117 of his $570,000 base salary (assuming he makes the team).
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