Well, now we know what the immediate future holds for New York Giants' safety Will Hill. The NFL has suspended Hill for six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. This is Hill's third suspension in as many seasons. He has served four-game suspensions in each of his first two seasons.
For the immediate future, this means that Stevie Brown joins Antrel Rolle as the starting safety duo for the Giants. Quintin Demps will be the team's lone experienced reserve safety.
For the long-term, this calls into question Hill's future with the Giants and as an NFL player. In the 12 games Hill played a season ago the 24-year-old showed the potential to be one of the league's elite safeties. He had two interceptions and a team-best +15.7 Pro Football Focus rating.
Still, this is the third time in as many seasons that Hill's behavior off the field has left the Giants looking for a way to make due without him on the field for at least part of the season. The Giants had taken the position that they would wait until the league handed down discipline to determine Hill's fate with the team, but they have grown increasingly frustrated with him.
As of now the team has made no comment on the suspension. The Giants have been preparing for this by having Stevie Brown work with the first time while Hill has been taking second-team reps during the OTAs.
Hill will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on Monday, Oct. 13 following the team's Oct. 12 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
All of that depending, of course, on whether the Giants choose to keep him around.
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