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December 29, 2015
Raiders' Marcel Reece suspended 4 games for PED violation
Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Monday. Reece cannot play in Oakland’s season finale at Kansas City on Sunday or the first three games of the 2016 season. Reece is also ineligible to play in the 2016 Pro Bowl. He had been voted to his fourth straight Pro Bowl on Tuesday. “I want to let Marcel speak for himself, but I know he’s disappointed and he doesn’t think it’s justified,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. Reece, who has one year remaining on his contract, can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games next year. “I would just hope that at some point the league takes a good look at that process to see if it makes sense,” Del Rio said. “I think there’s room there for something to be done that maybe would be more fair and just. We understand what’s occurred and what the result is, and we’ll abide and carry on without Marcel.” Reece had 30 catches for 269 yards and 10 rushes for 36 yards this season. He has started seven games this season but has lost some playing time to Jamize Olawale. Reece played about one-quarter of the offensive snaps in 2015 after being on the field about half the time the previous three seasons. “He’s not a major part of what we do,” Del Rio said. “He’s a part of what we do, but it’s not like we’re taking out 50 or 60 or 70 percent of our offense when we remove him. We’ll get the next guy up and be ready to roll.” Reece is the second Raiders player to have a suspension that will carry over into next season. Linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended for one calendar year on Nov. 17 for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. Smith is a free agent after the season but is not eligible to sign a contract or practice with a team until after the suspension is over. The last Raiders player to be suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances was receiver Andre Holmes, who missed the first four games in 2013 for failing a drug test in the offseason before joining Oakland. The last time a player was suspended for violating the policy while a member of the Raiders came when fullback Luke Lawton was suspended for four games in December 2009. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14454751/marcel-reece-oakland-raiders-suspended-violation-performance-enhancing-drug-policy