Matt Prater the kicker for the Denver Broncos has received a four game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy by drinking a beer.
Prater has apologised to his teammates and the Denver organisation for violating the policy in which results in the kicker missing the first four games of the new season for the Broncos.
The Kicker consumed some beers in the off-season whilst on vacation and the league actually sought a season-long suspension according to his lawyer.
The surprising suspension stems from prior indictments towards the leagues substance abuse policy, the league's best kicker has been in the NFL's drug programme since his Driving under the influence arrest in August of 2011.
Prater was facing his last chance with the league who had stated that one more charge would result in a season long suspension and his decision to 'have a few beers' once the season had ended has ultimately cost the player in 2014 and cost the Broncos.
When asked about his decision to consume alcohol against the wishes of the league, Prater said: "Why did I risk it?' I made a mistake. I don't have an excuse for it. I screwed up and now I'm paying the price for it.''
Not only has he cost himself but he has also cost his team, usually NFL team's will keep just one kicker on their roster but the Broncos will have to restructure there plan in order to conduct themselves without Prater for four games and then return to the league's best kicker for the rest of the campaign.
The teams options now include utilising either a rookie kicker in the form of Mitch Ewald or signing either an experienced or young kicker off the free agency wire.
Prater will miss games against Indianapolis, Kansas City, Seattle and Arizona. The suspension will also cost the 30-year-old around $705,882 in base salary.
Future with the Franchise
The only small positive to take from the situation if possible for Prater is that his future with the team doesn't seem to be a concern.
Despite now facing a four game suspension, head coach John Fox has made it clear that Prater will still be the number one kicking option for the Broncos when he returns.
Fox said: "'He's part of our family, He's one of ours and we're going to support him through this.''
Prater had pledged not to sip alcohol but couldn't help himself in the off-season, he then explained: "'I'm definitely going to make some changes in my life to improve and not drink at all or risk doing anything stupid like that"
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