Linebacker Suspended

Free agent linebacker suspended for first games. Haggan has been a key special teams player for the Bills.

This isn't exactly the best news for a free agent, backup linebacker looking for a job.

Buffalo Bills' free agent LB Mario Haggan has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games this season, has confirmed (per Adam Caplan's NFL Draft Insider Blog). Haggan can still sign and participate in the team's offseason activities, including preseason games, as the penalty would be enforced as of the final roster cut.

A Bills' source said Haggan was using a diet supplement that contained an ingredient that acts like a masking agent, and that this was the reason for his failed drug test.

Buffalo drafted Haggan in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft. He has led the Bills in special teams tackles in each of the last two seasons, and played in every game over the past three years. Only six other Bills players have done this – Ryan Denney, Chris Kelsay, Rian Lindell, Brian Moorman and Aaron Schobel.

Haggan doesn't figure to fit into Buffalo's plans defensively. The acquisition of Kawika Mitchell coupled with the return of Paul Posluszny renders him to a backup role at best. Haggan is the 11th-best linebacker remaining in free agency, according to Caplan's most recent Best Available Free Agent list.

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