Suspension lifted !!!!!!!! Thank God
- Andre Brown (@drebrown35) February 14, 2012
The league confirmed to Around The League that the suspension had in fact been lifted after Brown's hearing.
In late march, Brown was suspended for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Brown appealed the suspension, telling Alex Raskin of CBSSports.com that it was due to a clerical oversight related his prescription for Adderall.
"I don't know what I can and cannot say," Brown said on May 22. "It was something that I've been on since I've been in the league, which was Adderall. I just forgot to fill out some paperwork and that was it."
A fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State by the Giants in 2009, Brown spent his rookie season on injured reserve (Achilles) and was waived at the end of the 2010 training camp. Brown split the 2010 season between the active roster and practices with the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins, appearing in four games. Brown's only offensive production to day is two carries for negative-1 yard with the Broncos.
Brown spent the 2011 season on the Giants practice squad and was signed to a "Reserve/Futures" contract in February. Brown bulked up to 240 pounds over the offseason and could compete with D.J. Ware for the role of the big-bodied back that opened up with the release of Brandon Jacobs. Had Brown's suspension been upheld, it would have cost him $109,412 in base salary if he made the 53-man roster.