8-Game Suspension for Tank

The long wait is over for Tank Johnson. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell finally rendered his decision on Monday afternoon. Johnson has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 season, although his penalty could be reduced to six games should he meet certain conditions. He will still be permitted to participate in the team's offseason program, training camp, and preseason games.

Per the NFL:

Tank Johnson of the Chicago Bears has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, the NFL announced today.

Johnson is eligible to participate in the Bears' offseason workout program, training camp and preseason games before the suspension begins after the team's final preseason game. In a letter to Johnson, Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would be prepared to reduce the suspension to the first six regular-season games if Johnson meets certain conditions.

The conditions for Johnson include:

  • No further adverse involvement with law enforcement and full compliance with any requirements imposed by a court.

  • Compliance with all league requirements, including counseling.

  • No participation in any practices or other organized team activities during the period of the eight-game suspension. (During the suspension, he may be at the Bears' facility for counseling sessions and other approved activities such as physical treatment or individual workout sessions.)

Commissioner Goodell said he would review the matter no later than October 1 to assess Johnson's progress and determine whether the suspension should be reduced.

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