When the Miami Dolphins waived second-year guard Ray Feinga on Monday, it appeared they were just making room on the roster for rookie linebacker Austin Spitler.
Now, it appears there was more to it than that.
According to an NFL spokesman, Feinga has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
FoxSports.com first reported the suspension but did not list a reason.
Feinga (6-foot-4 and 337 pounds) was signed off the practice squad in the week leading up to the Patriots game to fill the roster exemption the Dolphins received due to the one-game suspension of defensive lineman Tony McDaniel.
“Ray’s really starting to develop nicely,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said on Sept. 30. “This guy is athletic and he’s got some strength. I like the things that he’s done.”
However, Feinga, troubled during training camp and the preseason by a concussion and a finger injury, never made it to the game. Now, in the wake of this reported suspension, he won’t be eligible to return to any team’s roster until after Week 8.
Feinga, 24, was undrafted out of Brigham Young in 2009. He spent time with the Rams and Chargers before landing with the Dolphins’ practice squad on Dec. 15 last year.