NEW YORK — New York Giants free-agent wide receiver Brandon Collins has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
The NFL announced the suspension of the first-year player on Monday.
The 24-year-old Collins will be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on Sept. 30, the day after the team plays the Kansas City Chiefs. The Southeastern Louisiana product spent part of last season on the Giants’ practice squad and will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Collins had played well in the recent veterans minicamp.
Colts receiver LaVon Brazill has also been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Neither the Colts nor the league said what Brzill tested positive for. He will be eligible to return to the active roster following Indy’s game Sept. 29 against Jacksonville, though he will be eligible to practice at training camp and will be able to play in all four preseason games.
As a rookie last season, Brazill had 11 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown.
Giants seeking Leach
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Fullback Vonta Leach says the New York Giants have expressed an interest in him.
During a radio interview on Monday with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Leach said the Giants called his agents the day he was released by the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens.
The Giants’ plans at fullback took a hit when Henry Hynoski suffered a knee injury this spring and needed surgery.
Leach, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with Baltimore, earned Pro Bowl honors the past two seasons with the Ravens. He had 21 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown . He also had 36 catches for 212 yards.
The 31-year-old has played with the Packers, Saints and Texans.
”Everything is picking up here a little more,” Leach said. “We’ll see how this week goes.”
No chemo for Kelly
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been told by doctors that he won’t need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment after having surgery to remove cancerous cells in his jaw.
The former Buffalo Bills star made the announcement at his football camp in Buffalo on Monday and his comments were posted on the Bills’ website.
Kelly says he found out the news on Wednesday.
He says he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth on that side of his mouth removed in surgery on June 7. He was released from the hospital three days later.
He says he’s scheduled for a follow-up with doctors in two months to see if the cancer stays away.
Lions add Hope
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have signed safety Chris Hope. The team announced the move Monday along with the release of wide receiver Brian Robiskie.
Hope started 113 of 163 games and had 20 career interceptions over 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Atlanta. He started in four games last season for the Falcons and played in both of their playoff games.
The Lions likely added Hope, a Pro Bowl player in 2008, because they’re not sure safety Louis Delmas can stay healthy enough to be counted on next season.
Robiskie had four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in six games with the Lions last season. He caught 39 passes for 441 yards with three touchdowns from 2009 through 2011 in Cleveland.