Hunt suspended for first four games

Cletidus Hunt, who was expected to start in place of injured defensive tackle Santana Dotson, this season, has been suspended by the National Football League for the first four regular season games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.<p>

It is believed that Hunt, a third-year pro, tested positive for a controlled substance, though, the league would not elaborate on the suspension. Hunt tested positive for a controlled substance, which sources said was marijuana, at the NFL scouting combine prior to being drafted in the third round by the Packers in the 1999 NFL draft.

At the time, Hunt said he "definitely will stay clean from here on." The NFL tests periodically for cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, PCP, and steroids. Hunt was placed into Stage 1 of the NFL substance abuse program in 1999. Hunt has been subject to as many as 10 urine tests per month during the last two years.

Hunt will not be paid during the four-game suspension. If he tests positive again, he will be placed into Stage 3 and be suspended a minimum of one year.

"I am very disappointed by the circumstances that surround Cletidus Hunt but I am encouraged by the fact that he is presently seeking help, trying to get well and is putting priorities back in his life," said Packers coach/general manager Mike Sherman. "While his major focus right now must be on his recovery, our responsibilities as a team lie in supporting him during this time, while also moving forward toward the many challenges we well be faced with this season."

Hunt is eleigible for reinstatement on Oct. 1, after the Packers' fourth game (Sept. 30) at Carolina.

Last year Hunt, who played collegiately at Kentucky State, played in all 16 games. He started 11 games, seven at left end and four at tackle. He tied for third on the team with a career-high five quarterback sacks and 43 tackles.

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