Chicago Bears safety Deiondre’ Hall has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for his violation of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the team announced in a press release. Hall is still able to participate in preseason practices and games. The news was first broken by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hall, 24, was the No. 127 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. A standout cornerback at Northern Iowa, he amassed 13 interceptions during his collegiate career. Since being drafted by the Bears in the fourth round, he has struggled to stay on the field, as he has only played in ten games over the past two seasons and has only tallied one interception in that time. He has spent time at both cornerback at free safety in that span.
Hall was arrested in March of 2017 for public intoxication, interference and disorderly conduct outside of a bar in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He pleaded guilty to the charge in February of this year.
With the likes of Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson on the roster, Hall already had an uphill battle ahead of him to make the 53-man roster. Another off-the-field incident will surely diminish his already-slim chances of making the team.
Jacob Infante is a Chicago Bears writer at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron. He is also an NFL Draft writer at USA Today SMG’s Draft Wire. He can be reached through Twitter @jacobinfante24 or emailed at email@example.com.