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Today marked a busy day in New York City and it wasn’t because of LeBron James. The shield announced the suspension of three players. Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, free agent running back LenDale White (late of the Seahawks) and Hollis Thomas all bit the dust.
The biggest suspension involves Jackson though, who has the shortest at three games. San Diego’s star receiver, who serves the penalty due to violating the league’s personal conduct policy, is also trying to get a new contract but is the subject of trade rumors.
Jackson’s transgressions date back to February when he served four days in jail and five years of probation after he plead guilty to a DUI charge from January of 2009. He was also pulled over by police for driving with a suspended license in January hours prior to San Diego’s divisional playoff game versus the New York Jets.
Nonetheless, Chargers GM A.J. Smith claims this will not impact his contract negotiations or trade value as teams realized such an outcome was imminent.
Jackson, who has been spotted practicing with Donovan McNabb in Arizona, is the subject of trade talk involving the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, and Chicago Bears.
Meanwhile, the league also announced the suspensions of Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Hollis Thomas and free agent running back LenDale White.
Thomas will serve the longest suspension of eight games for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Hollis knows the name of this tune as he was suspended for four games back in 2006.
White, who was released by Seattle during the offseason, will miss four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Just think…Mr. Goodell still may have to address this Michael Vick situation which seems destined to be a problem at some point.