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Injured Steelers safety Damontae Kazee suspended 3 games by NFL

9/22/2022 11:54:53 AM
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Injured Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee has been suspended by the NFL for three games as the result of violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribine-Review reports.

Kazee has been on injured reserve since the start of the regular season and previously would have been eligible to return as early as for the Steelers’ Week 5 game at the Buffalo Bills. Now, Kazee is not eligible to the following week, an Oct. 16 home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

An NFL spokesperson confirmed Wednesday evening that Kazee will begin serving the suspension while on IR.

Signed to a one-year, $1.188 million contract as an unrestricted free agent in May, Kazee had emerged as the Steelers’ No. 3 safety during training camp and the preseason. With All Pro Minkah Fitzpatrick on the non-football injury list when camp opened, Kazee spent several practices taking first-team reps at safety.

Kazee suffered a wrist injury in the Steelers’ preseason finale against the Detroit Lions.

A 29-year-old, six-year NFL veteran, Kazee started 16 of the 18 games he played (including playoffs) for the Dallas Cowboys last season. He spent his first four pro seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who’d made him a fifth-round pick in 2017. In 2018, Kazee led the NFL in interceptions with eight.

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