At least Dion Jordan isn’t alone? Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins will be joining Jordan on the sidelines for the first four games of the season.
BREAKING: Chiefs’ OL Rokevious Watkins has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. pic.twitter.com/29HSno4msf
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Watkins will go without pay during those games.
Unfortunately, this is not Watkins’ first tango with the league’s substance abuse policy. Hopefully his second offense will be his last. His first took place in the 2012 season with the Rams, and he was suspended for the Chiefs’ season opener in 2013.
Watkins started the Chiefs’ season finale and appeared in four games during the 2013 season.
Randy Kovitz of the Kansas City Star writes:
Watkins, a fifth-round pick by the Rams out of South Carolina in 2012, appeared in one game as a rookie with St. Louis and was released last summer. He signed with the Chiefs in training camp.
Watkins, 6 feet 3 and 338 pounds, was competing for a starting job at guard, which is wide open after the free-agent departures of Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, but Watkins’ future with the club is now clouded by the second suspension.
The Chiefs had no comment on the suspension.
At this point, Watkins isn’t guaranteed a roster spot, let alone reps as a starter. Though, the Chiefs will likely keep him on board and use him for depth in the later weeks of the season in the event other offensive linemen go down with an injury.