The NFL has slapped a 10 game suspension on New York Giants’ fullback Nikita Whitlock, the team announced via their official website.
New York Giants’ fullback Nikita Whitlock has been suspended 10 games without pay by the NFL. The source of the ban comes from Whitlock’s violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Whitlock suffered a foot injury in August, landing him on the team’s injured reserve. The Wake Forrest product will be able to serve his suspension concurrently with his time on the IR.
This is Whitlock’s second suspension during his career. While a free agent in 2014, he served a four-game suspension before signing with the Giants after he served the ban.
A defensive tackle and linebacker in college, the 5’11” Whitlock converted to fullback in the NFL. With the Giants last season, he saw action at both fullback and defensive tackle, coming away with one sack in a limited role.
He was expected to compete with 2016 free agent signee Will Johnson for the starting fullback role this season. However, both Whitlock and Johnson landed on IR during the offseason.
Whitlock will be an exclusive-rights free agent in the 2017 offseason.