Can anything go right for the New York Giants? Almost immediately after signing, one of their new players will be missing the first four games of the 2018 season.
In a week where they lost one of their defensive line staples, the New York Giants learned they will be without one of their newcomers to open the 2018 season.
Defensive lineman Josh Mauro, who signed a one-year deal with the team last week, has been suspended for the first four games of this upcoming year for violating NFL performance enhancing substance policies.
Giants DE Josh Mauro has been suspended the first four games of 2018.
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— New York Giants (@Giants) March 23, 2018
The Giants were reportedly aware of a possible suspension when they inked Mauro to a team-friendly $880,000 deal last week. Clearly, that didn’t stop them from bringing the 27-year-old aboard.
Mauro, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, released a statement through his agent Steve Caric, as shared by Ian Rapoport.
From agent @Caricsportsmgt, here is a statement on the 4-game suspension for new #Giants DE Josh Mauro: pic.twitter.com/5JNK1YHrkq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2018
Mauro, 27, is set to reunite with defensive coordinator James Bettcher and linebacker Kareem Martin, both of whom he worked with in Arizona. He brings experience in Bettcher’s new 3-4 technique, and will join a crowded race for a defensive roster spot. The Stanford alum appeared in 13 games for the Cardinals last season, including seven starts, tallying 22 tackles and one sack.
While Mauro can partake in the Giants’ preseason activities, including exhibition games (which was indicated in the NFL statement released on Giants.com), his suspension is without pay. According to The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, it will cost Mauro $186,000.
Mauro was not the only defensive lineman suspended for performance enhancing drug reasons on Friday, as Corey Liuget of the Chargers was likewise benched for four games.
An incredible amount of suspensions have been given out in various sports this past week but this one is enough to make Giants’ fans shake their heads. Well, guess we’ll have to wait until Week 5 to see Mauro in action.