A league spokesman says the Eagles have suspended former Eagles wide out Brandon Lafell for a violation of NFL’s policy regarding substance abuse.
LaFell was suspended without pay by the Eagles, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday.
Rapoport added the Eagles will appeal LaFel’s punishment to the league.
A league source told Rapoports the suspension will last at least a year.
The Eagles had been preparing for LaFells suspension in the aftermath of the controversy surrounding former coach Chip Kelly, who was fired after a year following a contentious meeting with players over the handling of player protests following the national anthem.
The team is in a position where it could potentially lose two-thirds of its roster to free agency, but the Eagles appear to be the only team in the NFL with a clear path to a Super Bowl berth in 2017.
A source told AP the Eagles plan to retain coach Chip Quinn in a head coaching role, but that LaFels suspension would likely be the first major impact on the team in terms of a coaching change.
The NFL’s internal investigation into the matter was launched after LaFelle and former teammate DeSean Jackson were suspended by the team last year after they protested police brutality in Baltimore.
The investigation concluded Jackson’s actions were not consistent with the NFL’s standards for conduct.
The two players had also been fined and were expected to be released by the league this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles suspended former wide receiver DeSean Yell-Coble in March after he was accused of domestic violence.