The NFL announced Thursday that Chiefs backup guard Rokevious Watkins has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Watkins, who appeared in four games for the Chiefs last year, including one start at left guard in the regular-season finale at San Diego, can participate in training camp and preseason games. He will be eligible to return to the Chiefs’ active roster on Tuesday, Sept. 30, following the team’s Monday night game against New England.
This is the second time Watkins has been suspended by the league. Watkins was suspended for the 2013 season opener for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy dating to the 2012 season as a member of the St. Louis Rams.
Watkins, a fifth-round pick by the Rams out of South Carolina in 2012, appeared in one game as a rookie with St. Louis and was released last summer. He signed with the Chiefs in training camp.
Watkins, 6 feet 3 and 338 pounds, was competing for a starting job at guard, which is wide open after the free-agent departures of Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, but Watkins’ future with the club is now clouded by the second suspension.
The Chiefs had no comment on the suspension.