NFC East: Giants S Hill Suspended 4 Games For Substance Abuse


Here's an issue Cowboys fans are familiar with after the 2012 season – losing safeties from the roster.

The Giants have a dose of that themselves a week away from opening their training camp, as they announced Saturday afternoon that backup safety Will Hill is suspended for the first four weeks of 2013. Hill violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, which results in a four-game suspension without pay.

Hill will be eligible to return to play Sept. 30, the day after New York's Week 4 game against Kansas City.  But he'll be sidelined for the season opener against the Cowboys. He'll also be ineligible for a Week 2 game against Denver and the Giants' Week 3 road trip to Carolina.

He will be eligible for all preseason games and practices, however. 

The loss of Hill isn't quite the same issue for New York as the Cowboys are dealing with. Hill is a second-year undrafted free agent. He played 12 games and made 38 tackles in 2012, though he never registered a start. The Giants still have their top three safeties heading into preseason camp, including starters Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown.

Back in Oxnard, Calif., the Cowboys will begin the process of identifying their top two safeties out of the group of Will Allen, Barry Church, Matt Johnson, Danny McCray and J.J. Wilcox, starting with Sunday's first training camp practice.

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