Browns offensive tackle Ryan Tucker was suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension will not begin until the start of the regular season though, meaning Tucker will still be able to work in training camp and during the preseason. Tucker was apologetic for his actions, and although some can make a case of sympathy for him, the fact is that he has set the Browns behind:
"The bottom line I took a banned substance and now I have to deal with it," he said. "In my attempt to come back last year, I took a substance. I was down and out last year. I just want to get on with it."
Crennel is going to support Tucker through this situation, although the staff is disappointed that the situation had to come down to this.
That means that this is currently the Browns opening day lineup on the line, unless something goes wrong:
LT Joe Thomas
LG Eric Steinbach
C Hank Fraley
RG Seth McKinney
RT Kevin Shaffer
Now, it would be highly doubtful that Tucker would be able to jump back into the starting lineup when he returns, especially if the continuity in the line is strong through the first four weeks. Now, Tucker will be in a position in which he won't be relied on as much, and maybe that's a good thing. I can't say for sure, but I would expect Tucker to see less reps with the first team in training camp and the preseason, so that Crennel can get this team ready for opening day.