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Chiefs' Sean Smith receives three-game suspension

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without cornerback Sean Smith for the first three games of the regular season.

The seventh-year cover man was suspended from the league for violating the league's substance-abuse policy after pleading guilty in April on a 2014 DUI charge, the team announced on Friday.

In an odd twist, Smith would have faced a two-game ban, but saw it stretched to three for hitting a street lamp, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Smith produced a strong season in 2014, finishing as the fifth-best cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Starting all 16 games for the Chiefs last season, the 27-year-old cover man allowed just 57 percent of passes thrown his way to be completed.

Smith was a major contributor for a unit that finished second in the league in scoring defense and never allowed a quarterback to throw for 300 yards all season.

He will miss games against the Texans, Broncos and Packers before Smith is eligible to return for Kansas City's Week 4 tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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