Browns' Donald Stephenson suspended 2 games without pay for violating NFL's drug policy

Donald Stephenson has found himself sidelined without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Brittany King

Browns offensive lineman Donald Stephenson has been suspended without pay for two games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Friday.


The 29-year-old, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, didn't participate in mandatory minicamp. He is eligible to return to the team's active roster after its Sept. 16 game at New Orleans. 

I mean, I definitely know I didnt play as well as I wanted to [last year with Broncos]. I was disappointed in myself, so I was pretty sure the organization was. That year was probably the worst year Ive ever had, so I figured Id get another chance to prove myself.

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As of now, the Browns tackle can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, according to the league. 


Stephenson, who is an eight-year veteran, was added by the Browns to provide depth at left tackle after spending the last two years with the Denver Broncos. He has played in 80 career games, making 37 starts.