On Wednesday, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland announced that he had been suspended by the NFL. As a result, the veteran will be out for the first four games to open the season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the suspension was due to a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. This makes senses, given the report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero from April. He tweeted Breeland was arrested on multiple charges, including marijuana possession.
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The sudden news from yesterday, led to an apology from Bashaud Breeland via his Instagram.
“As previously announced by the league, I have received a 4 game suspension for off the field matters.
I post this today because I want to apologize, publicly, to the entire Chiefs organization, my coaches, teammates, family and fans.
I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I look forward to getting back on the field with my teammates to defend our Super Bowl title.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support, and Let’s Go Chiefs!”
Without a veteran presence like Bashaud Breeland, Kansas City will rely heavily on a young set of cornerbacks. Charvarius Ward obviously has his spot locked down. However, there is a strong ambition that the team holds for the remaining options.
Rashad Fenton can play both inside or outside, and his length, physicality and confidence stand out. While training camp reports are often cliché, it seems that rookie draft pick L’Jarius Sneed is coming along nicely, as well. Reporters have boasted about his speed and impressive coverage ability.
So all in all, it was likely that we would see some youth displayed by the Chiefs in their defensive backfield. If the players seems acclimated and ready, we have seen the team waste no time in giving them opportunities. Andy Reid talked about the loss of Bashaud Breeland, and quite frankly, he seems just fine.
“Time will tell here as we go, but we’ve got a good nucleus of guys and it will all sort out here in the next couple of weeks. Everybody is working hard and getting a lot of reps, which is good. We should be fine there.”
That is no slight to Breeland, who will be welcomed back eventually. Moreover, it speaks loudly about a position that is perceived to be a detriment outside of Kansas City.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.