While the NFL world waits on word about how long Deshaun Watson will be suspended, the league informed Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Bobby Brown that he will miss the first six games of the 2022 season.

Brown violated the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy. The 21-year-old can return after the Rams’ October 17 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Brown was a fourth-round draft choice last year out of Texas A&M and played in 10 games.

While with the Aggies, he was a first-team All-SEC starter with 5.5 sacks back in 2020. In his 10 appearances last season, he made one tackle for the Super Bowl winners. His season-high 10 defensive snaps came in Week 8 against the Houston Texans.

The suspension cuts into the Rams’ defensive depth chart as they’ll have to look to fill that void to start the year. The three starters on the defensive line are A’Shawn Robinson, Greg Gaines, and Aaron Donald and now it could mean that undrafted free agent Elijah Garcia will get the chance to prove he deserves that backup spot.

It also isn’t a good look for Brown, who was hoping to improve on his performance in Year 2 and make a statement. The fourth-rounder needs to do everything he can to improve his contract chances after his rookie deal expires, but this isn’t going to help.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.