New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said today that the organization knew in August when they signed him that defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy would be facing disciplinary action from the NFL for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
"We knew about it. We talked about it when he first came here and we were very much aware of the (appeals) process that took place," Coughlin said.
Coughlin said the suspension is "between Jimmy Kennedy and the league."
"Everything he has done with me, has conducted himself as a pro," Coughlin said. "He has done things in the best interest of the club and I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt. If it occurred as a one-time thing, let's get it over and done with."
Kennedy, a nine-year veteran, will miss four games due to his suspension. The Giants had a choice between Kennedy and another veteran defensive tackle, Gabe Watson, during training camp.