EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin revealed Wednesday that the team was aware defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy might be suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs prior to signing him in August.
"We knew about it, we talked about it when he first came here, we were very much aware," Coughlin said during his Wednesday morning news conference prior to practice.
Kennedy was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL Tuesday for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances. Coughlin indicated that Kennedy missed practice one day in recent weeks in order to attend what likely was an appeal hearing with the NFL regarding his suspension.
The Giants signed Kennedy, 31, a former No. 1 draft pick by the St. Louis Rams, during training camp to provide added depth on the defensive line.
Coughlin admitted that the Giants considered not signing him after learning of the possible suspension, but in the end elected to add him to the roster anyway.
"Jimmy Kennedy, in all that he's done with me has conducted himself as a pro, has done things in the best interest of the club," Coughlin said. "I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt and say that if this occurred it's a one-time thing, and let's get it over and done with."
Kennedy recorded four tackles in his first five games with the Giants. He will miss games against the Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, and 49ers. Kennedy is eligible to return to the active roster Nov. 14.
Kieran Darcy is a reporter for ESPNNewYork.com.