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The New England Patriots roster took a hit Friday when the NFL dropped the suspension hammer on linebacker Michael Pinckney.
Pinckney’s Suspension Details
Pinckney, who the Patriots signed with their practice squad last month, was suspended for six games after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
The critics will say what they want, but at the end of the day, no one knows except Pinckney. If you say it was a mistake, I’ll take you at your word. In any case, you could be in line for some anxious moments when it comes to your immediate future as an NFL player.
Patriots salary cap expert Miguel Bezan detailed the financial result for the team’s books after Pinckney’s suspension
Will the Patriots Release Pinckney?
The Patriots may be able to release Pinckney, and that could come soon. The team brought in two players on Friday for a test, and if one or both are signed, it could mean there is a bit of confusion on the practice team and perhaps the 53-man roster.
Offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn will be out for Sunday’s game with a calf injury. He hasn’t practiced all week, and that could mean he’s heading to injured reserve. If veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman is activated for next week’s game, he could slide to that spot on the roster.
There are other fairly fluid situations that could indirectly affect Pinckney’s place on the practice team and with the organization. Needless to say, the strap is typically not that long for practice squad players.
All Pinckney can hope at this point is that he has made a significant enough impression on his coaches that they are inclined to push for him to return in 2021. At this point, with a six-game suspension, unless it is cut by for some reason, this year has ended.