NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Pead will be suspended without pay for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Pead, the 50th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is coming off a disappointing rookie season in which he struggled to pick up the playbook and eventually slipped behind seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson on the depth chart. He finished the season with just 10 carries. He spoke candidly about the lost season in a recent interview with his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati.
"Honestly, I would call it miserable," Pead said. "Miserable life. Miserable four-five months."
UPDATE: Rapoport reports the team knew about Pead's violation for months, deeming it "minor," and continues to have high expectations for the running back.