This guy just baffles me. All that talent wasted.
July 26, 2004
SportsLine.com wire reports
NEW YORK -- Defensive tackle Darrell Russell, released two weeks ago by Tampa Bay, has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL after testing positive for drugs.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the troubled former Pro Bowler, the second overall pick in the 1997 draft, can apply for reinstatement after eight games if he is signed by a team.
Tampa Bay signed Russell in March, hoping to give him a chance to repeat the success he had before off-field problems derailed his career. He played at Oakland under Bucs coach Jon Gruden and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.
Russell spent part of last season with the Washington Redskins after he was reinstated by the NFL following a 1½-year suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound tackle had 28½ sacks in five seasons with the Raiders and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999. He failed a drug test and sat out the first four games of the 2001 season, then was suspended by the NFL for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Russell's suspension was extended by three months because commissioner Paul Tagliabue wasn't satisfied with his off-field behavior during that period. In 2002, Russell was charged as an accomplice in a sexual assault case against two friends, but prosecutors dropped the charges.
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