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Chris Lewis
July 4, 2024  (7:54 PM)
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NFL suspends veteran safety Tashaun Gipson for six games.

Veteran safety Tashaun Gipson has been suspended by the NFL for the first six games of the 2024 season due to a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. This significant decision affects both Gipson's career and any potential team looking to sign him for the upcoming season.
The NFL made the announcement on Tuesday, sending ripples through the league. Gipson, who turns 34 on August 7, remains a free agent and is still eligible to sign with any team. Despite the suspension, he can participate in all preseason activities, including games. The suspension will only take effect when teams trim their rosters to 53 players.
Last season, Gipson started 16 games for the San Francisco 49ers, showcasing his durability and skill on the field. Over his career, Gipson has been a reliable presence in the secondary, making 165 starts in 173 regular-season games. His journey in the NFL began with the Cleveland Browns (2012-15), followed by stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18), Houston Texans (2019), Chicago Bears (2020-21), and most recently, the 49ers (2022-23). Gipson's career includes 33 interceptions, a testament to his playmaking abilities.
One of Gipson's career highlights came in 2014 when he was named to the Pro Bowl while playing for the Cleveland Browns. This accolade reflects his high level of performance and recognition among his peers.
The suspension is a major setback for Gipson, who has been a respected and productive player throughout his career. Teams considering signing him will now have to weigh the impact of his absence for the first six games of the season. Despite this, Gipson's experience and talent make him an attractive option for teams in need of veteran leadership in the secondary.
The NFL's stance on performance-enhancing drugs remains strict, and this suspension underscores the league's commitment to maintaining a level playing field. For Gipson, this period will be crucial in demonstrating his dedication to returning to the field and continuing his impressive career.
Source: TSN
NFL suspends veteran safety Gipson for first six games of season
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