August 28, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants backup defensive end Owa Odighizuwa has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The league announced the suspension Monday, less than a week before teams have to reduce their rosters to 53 players.

It was questionable whether Odighizuwa would have made the roster. He missed most of the off-season training and hasn't talked to the media since the team reported to training camp.

Odighizuwa will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on Oct. 2, a day after the team's game against Tampa Bay.

A third-round pick out of UCLA in 2015, Odighizuwa is eligible to participate in all remaining preseason practices and games.

Odighizuwa played in 14 games last season, missing two with a knee injury. He was inactive for the playoff game against Green Bay. He played in four games as a rookie, a season marred by foot and hamstring injuries.

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