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Friday, August 20, 2010
NFL suspends Bills TE Shawn Nelson

By Tim Graham

The NFL announced it has suspended Buffalo Bills tight end Shawn Nelson four games for violating its policy on substance abuse.

A four-game suspension means Nelson violated the policy multiple times. The first infraction puts a player into a confidential intervention program. A second violation brings a four-game suspension without pay.

Buffalo drafted Nelson in the fourth round last year. He started 12 games, catching 17 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Nelson hasn't played in the preseason and had been overtaken by Jonathan Stupar for first-team reps on the practice field. Michael Matthews is Buffalo's other tight end after Derek Schouman suffered a knee injury in Thursday night's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.