News

Print
RSS

TE Nelson suspended for first four games

Posted Aug 20, 2010

The Buffalo Bills learned on Friday that they'll be without their most athletic tight end for the first four games of the regular season. The National Football League released a statement Friday morning that informed the club of the suspension, which read as follows.

Shawn Nelson of the Buffalo Bills has been suspended without pay for the team’s first four games of the 2010 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Nelson’s suspension begins on Saturday, Sept. 4. He will be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on Monday, October 4 following the team’s Oct. 3 game against the New York Jets. Nelson is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

The second-year tight end was hoping to be a big part of Buffalo's passing attack this season as he showed promising flashes in 2009 as a rookie. Those plans are obviously on hold with respect to the first month of the regular season.

Nelson has had trouble with consistency in his game in the spring, which was complicated by some personal family issues in his native Louisiana, which kept him from participating fully in the voluntary workouts.

The tight end has found it difficult to shine in training camp, as he has been outperformed by Jonathan Stupar and veteran free agent signee Michael Matthews.

With Nelson now not eligible for the first four games and Derek Schouman suffering a knee injury in Thursday night's preseason game, it bears watching as to whether the Bills choose to add to the position.

LATEST HEADLINES

LATEST VIDEO

  • First Draft: Jabrill Peppers

    (1:49)

    Safety, linebacker, quarterback, punt return, running back and wide receiver: Jabrill Peppers is the definition of versatile. As Peppers explains in his "First Draft," that aggressive and profound style of play on both sides of the ball is what sets him apart from this draft class.

  • Who is the top QB in the draft by the numbers?

    (1:39)

    NFL Network's Cynthia Frelund goes "Next Level" evaluating the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft by the cold hard numbers.

  • First Draft: Takk McKinley

    (1:54)

    NFL prospect and UCLA big man Takk McKinley is on the verge of seizing his dream of playing at the next level. But for McKinley, who received First-Team All-Pac 12 notice during his senior campaign, his journey to this point forced him to overcome difficult circumstances.

  • Draft Memories: Don Beebe

    (2:39)

    Bills Wide Receiver Don Beebe talks about being drafted 82nd overall in the 3rd round of the NFL draft.

  • Veteran Mini Camp Sights & Sounds

    (2:14)

    The Bills have been hard at work this week for voluntary veteran mini camp. Take a look back at some of the top moments at practice.