New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa’s strange offseason just took another weird turn.
The Giants’ third-round pick in 2015 has been suspended for the first four regular-season games without pay by the NFL for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Odighizuwa’s weird offseason began back in April when he tweeted out intentions to “step away” from the game for a bit about two weeks before the team was due to report for the start of the 2017 offseason program.
Odighizuwa later changed his mind, reporting for the program, but then stepped away from the team as it entered the critical third phase, or OTA part of the offseason program.
The 25-year-old was then excused from the team’s mandatory minicamp in June by head coach Ben McAdoo to tend to some personal issues that were never disclosed. Odighizuwa reported to training camp with the rest of his teammates and has been at practice every day since, appearing in three preseason games.
However, between the additions at defensive end that include rookie Avery Moss and veteran Devin Taylor, and Odighizuwa’s quiet preseason production–he’s logged just two tackles in three games played– Odighizuwa, who has mostly played with the third team defense, was not assured of a roster spot.
Odighizuwa’s suspension will begin 5 p.m. Saturday, the day teams must trim their 90-man rosters to 53. The former UCLA defender would not count against the Giants’ 53-man roster, and would be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on Monday, October 2, after the team’s October 1 game at Tampa.
The Giants will likely keep Odighizuwa on the suspended list and then determine, based on the injury situation at defensive end, whether there is a spot for him moving forward. They could also cut their losses with Odighizuwa, who would still have to serve the four-game suspension were he to be picked up by another team.