Hargrove handed one-year ban

Buffalo defensive end suspended for a year without pay for drugs offence.

Last Updated: 21/01/08 11:05pm

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Hargrove: Suspended

Hargrove: Suspended

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Buffalo Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove has been suspended without pay for all of next season for a third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Hargrove was suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season when he violated the substance abuse policy back in August.

His third violation triggers an automatic one-year suspension by the NFL, and Hargrove must apply to commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement.

It was not revealed how Hargrove violated the policy, but violations can come from positive tests, failure to cooperate in the testing program or failing to comply with a treatment plan.

The Bills did not comment on the matter and Hargrove's spell in Buffalo now looks to be over, as his one-year contract had already expired and he was due to be a free agent in the off-season.

In the 12 games he did play last season, Hargrove had 46 tackles and 1.5 sacks, and proved to be a capable backup behind starters Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay.

Outgoing and well-liked by his Bills teammates, Hargrove has been unable to stay out of trouble during a five-year NFL career, including the past two with Buffalo.

A week before he was suspended in August, Hargrove was involved in an altercation with police outside a Rochester nightclub during an off-day at Bills training camp in nearby Pittsford. That resulted in a $300 fine, and Hargrove was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.

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