Less than four months after being suspended for four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, former eight-overall pick Justin Gilbert's suspension was increased to one year. He will also have to apply for reinstatement before he can return on the field.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport broke the news on his official Twitter account, earlier today:
"Gilbert was originally selected out of Oklahoma State in the first round of the 2014 draft in a Browns class that also included quarterback Johnny Manziel. Much like the former Heisman Trophy winner, Gilbert's career in Cleveland was a massive disappointment that never got off the ground thanks to a lack of maturity and desire to improve," per NFL.com's Nick Shook.
The 25-year-old appeared in 12 games with the Steelers last season. He returned three kicks for 69 yards. He only started three games in his whole NFL career. He was released by Pittsburgh in February.
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