Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee has been suspended by the NFL for three games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
#Steelers S Damontae Kazee was suspended for the next 3 games for violations of the NFL’s substances of abuse policy.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2022
The good news for the Steelers is that since Kazee has been on injured reserve since the start of the season with an injured wrist, he’ll be able to serve the suspension at a time when he wouldn’t have played anyway. Kazee is set to come back from the IR after the next two games, so he might have to miss one game he could have played during the suspension.
The 29-year-old signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent during the offseason for the veteran’s minimum. Originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, he spent four seasons with the club and was the NFL interceptions co-leader in 2018. He spent the 2021 season with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in every game and starting 15 of them, garnering two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
In his NFL career, Kazee has 69 appearances, 49 starts, 172 tackles, 12 interceptions, and 7 forced fumbles.
The Steelers (1-1) visit the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, host the New York Jets next weekend, and then travel to take on the Buffalo Bills in two weeks.