HOLMES TO BE SUSPENDED
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the New York Jets on Sunday for a fifth-round 2010 draft choice, will be suspended for four games, a league source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.
On Saturday, the website ProFootballtTalk.com first reported a possible four-game suspension for Holmes for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. ProFootballTalk.com reported it was unknown whether Holmes tested positive for a prohibited substance or committed some other violation of the policy, such as missing a required test, and that the Holmes' appeal process had not been finalized.
Schefter's source told him Monday that although the four-game suspension has not officially been announced by the NFL that the four-game suspension has, indeed, been finalized and Holmes will be suspended for the Jets' first four games of the 2010 season.
More of what's happening At This Hour, including the decision set to come down in the Ben Roethlisberger case, and what's ailing Chipper Jones now, after the jump.
Georgia DA Fred Bright will hold a news conference this afternoon at the Baldwin County Courthouse. He's expected to announce whether or not charges will be filed against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger now that his review of the investigation into accusations of sexual assault has concluded. SportsCenter will carry the announcement live. (2:00 pm ET on ESPN) Regardless of the decision, sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has plans to meet with Roethlisberger this week.
The Braves have been without their third baseman for three games with a strained right oblique muscle, and he now might miss tonight's series opener in San Diego after his back tightened up. It happened when he was taking some swings in the cage yesterday. Atlanta has an off-day scheduled for tomorrow, and hitting coach Terry Pendleton wants Chipper to wait until Wednesday to return.