It’s not every day when the National Football League suspends an inactive player, regardless of the reason. Well that occasion has occurred; according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and confirmed by league sources, inactive defensive end Kenard Lang and quarterback Tim Couch have been suspended six games by the league for violation of the league’s policy against anabolic steroids and banned substances.
Back in August 2007, Couch admitted to using human growth hormone (HGH) to help in his comeback from chronic shoulder problems. In Lang’s case, according to a league source, he admitted to purchasing HGH from the same Orlando, FL pharmacy that supplied New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. Neither Lang or Couch are with any NFL roster.
Ths suspensions, contrary to popular belief, are effective even if the players in question are inactive. As a result, both Lang and Couch are eligible to sign and play for any NFL club after Week 10; should either player sign with a team that has a bye week between Weeks 5 and 10, then their suspension ends effective Week 11.