The New York Giants finished the 2021 campaign with a disappointing 4-13 season.

Since then, they have made a number of changes, bringing in both new head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen this offseason.

The team was plagued with a number of injuries to key players on their offense including Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.

With a cleaner bill of health, the team will look to make some significant improvements next season.

The team will need to do so without the services of a young linebacker to begin the year, as reports on Friday have emerged about former Ohio State linebacker Justin Hilliard.

Hilliard has been suspended for the first two games of the 2022 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Hilliard discussed the matter on social media, giving a description of what substances he was taking that caused him to be suspended.

“I have been informed by the NFL that I tested positive for a banned diuretic – Spironolactone (Canrenone). After investigation, it became clear that I mistakenly took my partner’s prescription medication instead of my own anti-inflammatory prescription. I am well aware of the NFL’s zero-tolerance policy, and I take full responsibility for having a banned substance in my body.”

There are certainly varying performance-enhancing drugs and how they can affect the body of an athlete, but many around the NFL world think that only a two-game suspension for Hilliard is a bit lenient from the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins received a six-game suspension earlier this offseason.

While it may be possible that Hopkins had a more advantageous agent in his system than Hilliard, it seems like there is too much differentiation in terms of punishments handed down by the NFL.

Hilliard was likely on the fringe of making the Giants roster before this news after only appearing in two games last year.

This news will only make it more of an uphill battle for the second-year player as he attempts to prove himself in the NFL.

[Adam Schefter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.