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Broncos K Matt Prater Suspended Four Games

 

Update:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Broncos K Matt Prater was initially facing a year-long suspension from the league, but his attorney, Harvey Steinberg, managed to get it reduced down to just four games.

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Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Broncos K Matt Prater has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

  • Klis adds that the suspension is expected to be officially announced on Monday, but an appeal is not expected at this time.

Prater’s suspension is reportedly alcohol-related. He was previously charged with a DUI back in August of 2011 and has been in the NFL’s alcohol program ever since.

“No one feels worse about this than Matt Prater,” Prater’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg said. “He feels terribly for his teammates. It’s cost him personally, both professionally and financially. I wonder if we shouldn’t take a second look at the policy when only a couple beers were consumed at home while he was on vacation. Having said that, the NFL under the constraints of the policy couldn’t have treated us better.

Prater, 30, signed a four-year, $13 million contract that included $4.25 million guaranteed with Denver back in 2012. Last season, Prater converted 96.2 percent of his field goal attempts and was 25-26 overall.