Troy Hill will miss the first two games of the 2017 season for the Los Angeles Rams after violating the NFL Policy for Substance Abuse.
As hard as it is to believe, the Los Angeles Rams have plenty of reasons to be excited over some of their key additions on offense during the 2017 NFL Draft, even if they failed to address the need at offensive line. Thanks to using three of their first four picks on weapons for Jared Goff in the passing game, the Rams’ offense should be much better than last year’s unit that only averaged 14 points per game, but that wasn’t the main story on Monday thanks to Troy Hill.
Unfortunately for Hill, the Los Angeles cornerback will miss the first two games of the 2017 season due to suspension after he violated the NFL policy for Substance Abuse, which is the last thing the organization wants to deal with at the moment. Even if Hill is still allowed to participate in all offseason programs and the preseason, the Rams’ defense is going to need all of the help they can get those first two games of the season against two high-powered offenses in the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins.
Last year marked Hill’s first season with Los Angeles after he managed to start four of the 12 games he appeared, and the cornerback will be eligible to return for the team’s Week 3 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. For a player that was expected to compete for playing time in Wade Phillips’ defense behind Trumaine Johnson and E.J. Gaines at cornerback, this latest incident by Hill suspension could come back to haunt him in the long run.
Not to mention, the Rams did sign Kayvon Webster in free agency to reunite the cornerback with Phillips after the two spent the last two years together as members of the Denver Broncos. In other words, Hill is going to have plenty of competition at the cornerback position over the next few months, and this suspension gives him a major disadvantage.