DT Collins suspended for Week 1

July, 19, 2012
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Chicago Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2012 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse, according to an NFL spokesperson.

Collins will also be fined an additional game check.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of the University of Virginia, Collins signed with the Bears in late May after being a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars organization the last two seasons. Collins, who faced long odds of making the roster even before the suspension, will be eligible to return to the club's active roster on Monday, Sept. 10, but he can participate in preseason practices and games.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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