Oakland Raiders' Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece has been suspended for the next four regular-season 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 and cannot play in the first three games of the 2016 season. Reece is also ineligible to play in the 2016 Pro Bowl. He was voted to his fourth straight Pro Bowl this past 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, 30, can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games next year. Reece had 30 catches and 10 run attempts this season. He has lost some playing time to Jamize Olawale. Reece has started seven games this season.
OAK RB Marcel Reece - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Marcel Reece is perhaps one of the best full backs in the league and can contribute in the passing game extremely well when called upon. He touched the ball just 40 times last season but he had 305 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
Reece is suspended the first three games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy against performance enhancing substances. He touched the ball just 40 times last season and now he has a ton of competition in rookie DeAndre Washington who excels in the passing game as well.
2016 Bottom Line
Reece is suspended the first three games of the season but don’t expect him to be a huge factor in 2016 when he comes back. Washington is the shiny new toy in the passing game. One things for sure, this offensive line is going to be very impressive. It is possible that if Reece got an opportunity due to injury, he could really shine.