CINCINNATI (AP) - The NFL has suspended starting cornerback
Johnathan Joseph for Sunday's game at Kansas City, the Cincinnati
Bengals said Tuesday.
Joseph will forfeit his salary for both this game and the Jets
game on Oct. 21, the club said. He was suspended for violating the
league's substance abuse policy.
The second-year pro was arrested in northern Kentucky on Jan. 22
after a Boone County sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle he was a
passenger in and smelled marijuana, according to the police report.
Joseph told the deputy he had marijuana in his Super Bowl backpack,
where it was found, the report said.
He was placed in a diversionary program open to first-time
offenders and the Bengals said Tuesday he complied with all league
and law-enforcement obligations to resolve the case.
A 2006 first-round pick from South Carolina, Joseph can't take
part in practices this week, but can attend meetings and work out
on his own, the Bengals said. He can rejoin the team Monday.
A Bengals spokesman said the club had no further comment.
Joseph was the ninth Bengals player arrested on a variety of
charges over a nine-month period.
Two other Bengals - linebacker Odell Thurman and receiver Chris
Henry - are suspended by the league. Thurman sat out last season
for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and his request for
reinstatement this season was turned down by commissioner Roger
Henry will miss the first eight games of the season for
repeatedly violating the league's conduct policy.
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