Rams wide receiver suspended for 4 games

Rams wide receiver suspended for 4 games

Credit: AP

St. Louis Rams' Austin Pettis, right, loses the ball on a punt return as he is hit by Washington Redskins' Niles Paul during the second quarter of the NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. The Rams recovered the ball and Paul was charged with an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 21 at 9:36 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Austin Pettis has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
  
Pettis, a third-round pick out of Boise State, has made three starts and has 27 catches for 256 yards, a 9.5-yard average. He'll be eligible to return after the Rams' second game next season, and can participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.
  
Coach Steve Spagnuolo did not mention Pettis' suspension after practice Wednesday and said in a statement later in the day that the team was disappointed, but the Rams respected the NFL's decision.
 

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