Sternberger Suspended 2 Games

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Packers tight end Jace Sternberger catches a touchdown pass during a 2019 preseason game against the Chiefs (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Packers tight end Jace Sternberger has just been suspended for two games.

The news was recently announced in a statement made by an NFL spokesperson. It reads, in part: “Jace Sternberger of the Green Bay Packers has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.”

Neither the NFL nor the Packers offered official details as to how Sternberger violated the league’s substance abuse rules.

Sternberger is still allowed to participate in the team’s offseason workouts, as well as preseason practices and games.

What Does This Mean?

Due to his suspension, the Packers will be without Sternberger in weeks 1 and 2. #87 will miss the season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 12th, in addition to Monday Night Football on September 20th vs. the Detroit Lions. 

Sternberger’s two-week absence shouldn’t be too detrimental to the Packers. Throughout the 2020 season he was targeted only 15 times, catching 12 passes. His lone touchdown was an impressive one-handed grab and eight-yard run in a game against the Houston Texans.

The Packers still have breakout star Robert Tonyan and veteran Marcedes Lewis for production at the tight end position.

Sternberger is eligible to return to Green Bay’s active roster the following day on Tuesday, September 21st. He will be available again in the team’s week 3 match-up vs. the San Francisco 49ers.

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