The Falcons cleared up a little paperwork before the weekend, getting rid of a guy who never played a down for them.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Falcons waived wide receiver Devin Fuller.
The 2016 seventh-rounder spent his first two years on injured reserve.
The NFL will no doubt say that some of those cases had mitigating circumstances, and that’s why those players got less than six games. The NFL is less than transparent about explaining its suspensions, so we don’t know what those mitigating circumstances are. But regardless, the reality is that when Goodell claimed there would be a six-game suspension for a first offense, he wanted the public to believe that the NFL now had a strong standard for crimes against women. As it has turned out, there is no such standard other than the NFL’s continuing decision to make up suspensions as it goes along.
The reference to a potential banishment in the announcement of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension is standard practice. And, for players who are punished under the portion of the Personal Conduct Policy that entails a baseline suspension of six games, a second similar offense makes a banishment automatic.
Here’s the key language: A second offense will result in permanent banishment from the NFL. An individual who has been banished may petition for reinstatement after one year, but there is no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted.
It’s the same procedure used by the NFL when a player is banished under the substance-abuse policy. After a year, he can apply for reinstatement. At that point, it’s up to the league to determine when or if the player will be allowed back in.