Richmond -- Washington cornerback and potential starter Bashaud Breeland has been suspended one game by the NFL, the Redskins announced Friday.
That might be the least of the worries for the promising Breeland, who was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury during the afternoon practice. Defending a pass during a one-on-one drill, Breeland, 23, spun around attempting to cover a throw. He fell to the ground and failed trying to get back on his feet. The medical staff and teammates and surrounded him before the cart arrived.
The suspension stems from Breeland being cited by police nearly one year for marijuana possession in Richmond on Aug. 11 during Redskins training camp.
From the NFL:"Bashaud Breeland of the Washington Redskins has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Breeland will be eligible to return to the Redskins’ active roster on Monday, September 14 following the team’s September 13 game against the Miami Dolphins. Breeland is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.".
Breeland shined at times during his rookie season. The former Clemson product is expected to challenge DeAngelo Hall for the starting slot opposite Chris Culliver.
If suspended for the season opener, Breeland would not be available to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.
NFL.com's Alfred Breer first reported the suspension.
UPDATE (6:50 p.m.) - The Redskins have yet to issue an update on Breeland status. In talking with players walking off the field, the sense is that the injury may not be the worst case scenario, meaning torn knee ligament, but everyone is in wait-and-see mode.
UPDATE (7:35 p.m.) - CBSsports' Jason LaCanfora said on Twitter that Breeland would miss 6-8 weeks with a knee injury. The shorter side of that time frame could put him back on the field for the Week 1 matchup on Sept. 13 against Miami.