Another season, another rocky start for Falcons third-year cornerback Jalen Collins.
After serving a four-game suspension in 2016 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, Collins was hit with a 10-game suspension to start 2017 for a repeat offense, the team announced Sunday.
Collins won’t be allowed to practice with the team after the preseason ends and cannot return until Nov. 21.
“We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. “Such are the consequences when certain choices are made. Our decisions going forward will be based on what Dan and I feel is best for the team.”
Had it not been for a phenomenal 12 games last season, this might have been the last straw for Collins, a second-round pick out of LSU. However, there were few defensive players more valuable to the Falcons down the stretch in 2016, especially after Desmond Trufant was injured.
Over 636 snaps last year, Collins logged two picks, 10 pass breakups and 28 solo tackles. He also had 10 tackles in a 34-28 overtime loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.