FOXBOROUGH, MA – New England Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks has been suspended a game for violating NFL substance abuse policies announced Saturday.
31-year-old Kendricks is on the roster as the Patriots have had open competition between several players as they try to fill the void created by Rob Gronkowski's departure.
The Patriots had signed Kendricks to a one-year deal on July 24th. He spent the previous two seasons with the Green Packers.
Kendricks is eligible to participate in all other preseason practices and in the team's last preseason game Thursday against the New York Giants. He will be eligible to return to the Patriots' active roster on September 9, following the Week 1 match against Pittsburgh.
Kendricks played 24 shots and had one catch for 11 yards in the Patriots' victory over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.
In Week 2's preseason win over the Tennessee Titans, Kendricks also played 24 shots and had one catch for 28 yards. He was punished for holding in the end zone in this game, which led to safety.
Venice's tight end Benjamin Watson, who is also vying for a competitive seat, was suspended for the first four games of the offseason by the league.