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Colts receiver latest in trouble

Brazill suspended for the season for substance abuse


– An offseason of bad news for the Colts took another twist Thursday with the NFL’s suspension of wide receiver LaVon Brazill.

He will miss at least a year without pay for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Brazill, a sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft, is no stranger to discipline, and the latest brings his future with Indianapolis into question.

A Colts spokesman said the team declined to comment.

Brazill, 25, missed the first four games of the 2013 season for a second failed drug test. He said it was for marijuana use and vowed to shape up.

Brazill registered 12 receptions in 10 regular-season games after his return but stepped up in the playoffs.

He caught two passes for 73 yards – both for touchdowns – in the Colts’ 43-22 season-ending divisional-round loss at New England on Jan. 11. He had four catches for 54 yards the week before in a 45-44 wild-card win over Kansas City.

Brazill was set to fight in training camp for the fourth receiver slot behind Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks.

Da’Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen and 2014 third-round draft choice Donte Moncrief give the Colts enough depth to survive the loss of Brazill, which added to the recent turmoil surrounding the team.

Owner Jim Irsay, arrested in an automobile incident in March, faces two misdemeanor charges for allegedly driving under the influence.

He spent time this spring in a rehabilitation facility, referring to his addiction to painkillers as a “disease.” Irsay could face heavy fines and a league suspension once the case plays out in court.

Star pass-rushing linebacker Robert Mathis, meanwhile, was suspended four games due to a positive test for a fertility drug that is one of the league’s banned substances.

The NFL also announced two other suspensions: Miami defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended four games for violations of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, and Kansas City backup offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins was also suspended for four games for undisclosed violations.

Jordan can participate in training camp and preseason games. Once the regular season starts he will not be permitted to be part of the Dolphins’ active roster until Sept. 29.

Jordan, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Oregon, said in a release from the team that he tested positive for a stimulant and takes “full responsibility” for the test results.

Watkins is in his third season. He played one game for St. Louis in 2012 and three for Kansas City last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.