Nevin Lawson re-signed with the Raiders late last month, but the veteran defender will not be available at the season’s outset. The NFL handed Lawson a two-game suspension on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.
This will mark the second straight season in which a suspension has sidelined Lawson. He received a one-game ban for an on-field infraction in 2020. This suspension is for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News tweets.
The Raiders brought back Lawson on a one-year, $1.1MM deal. Should he reside on the team’s 53-man roster once his suspension ends, this will be the soon-to-be 30-year-old cornerback’s third season with the Silver and Black.
A former Lions draftee who played five years in Detroit, Lawson has become a key Raiders cog during much of Jon Gruden‘s second stay with the franchise. He started nine games last season, making a career-high 61 tackles, and five in 2019.
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