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Giants free agent Josh Mauro suspended four games

The Giants will be without one of their free agents to start the year

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The New York Giants will be without one of their newest pieces to start the season.

The NFL has suspended Giants defensive lineman Josh Mauro for the first four games of the 2018 season.

Josh Mauro of the New York Giants has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Mauro is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

- via the NFL

Mauro had this to say on his suspension (through his agent):

The news that Mauro will be suspended can’t come as a surprise to the Giants, and it helps to explain why the Giants were able to sign him to an $880,000 contract.

Unfortunately for Mauro, he will lose more than $180,000 to the suspension, but equally unfortunately, the Giants will not have that added back to their salary cap. That fact didn’t seem to bother the Giants, who perhaps used it as a lure to make sure Mauro signed in New York.

As the NFL states, Mauro will be able to participate in the Giants’ offseason program, OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, and pre-season before he has to leave and serve his suspension.