Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will be suspended one game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Babineaux was arrested during a December traffic stop and charged with three misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession. (The original charges of felony possession with intent to deliver were reduced.)
Babineaux recently pleaded no contest to the misdemeanors. Now, he’ll miss the Week 1 contest against Pittsburgh.
Babineaux is one of the underrated one-gap penetrators in the NFL. The Falcons have iffy depth behind the sixth-year pro. Peria Jerry is coming off a knee injury. Trey Lewis tore his ACL in 2007 and has not been the same since. Third-round rookie Corey Peters will be playing his first meaningful pro game. Thomas Johnson is healthy and somewhat experienced, but he struggles getting off blocks.
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